According to the United States Attorney's Office of the Northern District of New York, Michael J. Frascatore, a 59-year-old resident of Treadwell, New York, was handed an 18-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to failing to register and update his status as a sex offender, as well as breaching the terms of his supervised release related to a previous sex offense.

Violation of Sex Offender Registration Laws

Frascatore, designated as a Level I sex offender in New York due to a 2008 child pornography conviction, acknowledged his obligation to report all email addresses used. However, he concealed an email account created in April 2019, continuing to utilize it for four years without disclosure under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

Breach of Supervised Release Terms

While on supervised release, Frascatore not only failed to disclose his email address to U.S. Probation but also breached the terms by possessing an unauthorized, internet-capable phone. Additionally, he engaged in inappropriate online communication with minors, sending explicit photos and soliciting nude images in return.

Sentencing Details

Following his guilty plea, Frascatore was handed an 8-month imprisonment term for the new criminal charge, followed by a consecutive 10-month sentence for violating supervised release terms. He will also face 10 years on supervised release.

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Prosecution and Investigation

The United States Marshals Service investigated the case, with Assistant United States Attorney Michael F. Perry overseeing the prosecution as part of Project Safe Childhood. Launched in 2006, this initiative, led by the Department of Justice, aims to marshal resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals exploiting children online, as well as to rescue victims.

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