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Twice Convicted Register Sex Offender Accused of Possessing Child Porn


An Elmira man, who is a registered sex offender after twice previously being convicted of child pornography offenses, has been arrested for allegedly receiving, distributing, and possessing child porn.

60-year-old Donald Campbell, Senior, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with receipt, distribution, and possession of child pornography. The charges carry a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum of 40 years.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Katelyn M. Hartford, who is handling the case, stated that in July 2022, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) received a report from Google, Inc. that a Gmail user possessed, manufactured, and distributed child pornography via Google Photos. Google forwarded multiple images of suspected child pornography from the subject account. A subsequent investigation traced the account to Campbell. On January 9th, the Elmira Police Department executed a search warrant at Campbell’s Linden Place residence, seizing 19 digital storage items. A preliminary analysis indicates that at least eight items contain child pornography, including over 200 images and videos of child pornography on a cell phone and over 200 images and videos on an SD card. Some of the images include children as young as infancy and children engaged in sexual acts with other children and adults.

Campbell is a registered level-three sex offender following two prior felony child pornography offenses in New York State Court in December 2004 and March 2019. He was detained following a detention hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark W. Pedersen.

The complaint is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation Human Trafficking Task Force, under the direction of Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Darren Cox and the Elmira Police Department, under the direction of Acting Chief Kristen Thorne.

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