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Phelps man pleads guilty to distributing child porn in federal court

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Federal prosecutors have announced that Eric Passalacqua, a 37-year-old man from Phelps, Ontario County, has pleaded guilty to receiving and distributing child pornography.


Passalacqua’s arrest followed a tip-off to the FBI from Anchorage, Alaska, about an individual in Ontario County exchanging explicit material with another person in Alaska.

Upon searching his home, over 600 pornographic images involving children were discovered, some of which Passalacqua had produced himself, involving at least two minor victims.

In addition, he is facing first-degree sexual abuse charges in Ontario County after allegations of his sexual contact with a six-year-old child last June.