McCarthy Gets More Time To Mull Plea Deal On Child Porn Charges

McCarthy Gets More Time To Mull Plea Deal On Child Porn Charges

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A former Ogdensburg police detective who's facing federal child pornography charges has more time to consider a plea deal.

According to court documents, Harry McCarthy was given until November 17 to accept a plea bargain or face a trial on February 12, 2018.

McCarthy was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2016 on charges of sexually exploiting a child for the purpose of creating child pornography and for distributing, receiving, possessing and transporting child pornography.

He already faces state felony charges of possessing and promoting a sexual performance of a child after he allegedly uploaded a picture of a young girl having sex with an adult male to his personal e-mail account.

If convicted of the federal charges, McCarthy faces between 15 and 30 years in prison for each child exploitation charge and between 5 and 20 years for each child pornography charge.

The indictment accuses McCarthy of inducing a 13 year old to engage in "sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of creating images" in 2013 and 2014.

After prison, he would be subject to at least five years' supervision and would have to register as a sex offender.

He was arrested in August 2015 and collected $56,000 in pay from the city while on suspension. That ended when he retired at the end of June.

He was a 30-year veteran of the Ogdensburg Police Department.

McCarthy had been in Franklin County jail without bail after allegedly violating the terms of his probationary release in February 2016. He allegedly had contact with a teenage boy named in an order of protection.

He is now in federal custody.

His original trial date was set for October 2016. There have been numerous delays in the case since.

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