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      North Syracuse man admits using neighbor's signal to download child porn

      An Onondaga County man faces ten years in prison after admitting he downloaded child porn using his neighbor TMs Wi-Fi signal.

      According to the U.S. Attorney TMs Office, 30-year-old Jesse Reed of North Syracuse was in U.S. District Court Wednesday to plead guilty in a felony case of internet child pornography. Investigators say Reed admitted to using his neighbor TMs wireless internet connection to receive images and videos of child porn.

      According to court documents, investigators obtained a warrant to search the neighbor's computer but found no child pornography or the necessary file-sharing software. They enabled a feature on the router to identify who else was using it.

      Reed faces a maximum sentence of ten years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and a minimum of five years of supervised release when he is sentenced on August 25. He will also have to register as a sex offender.

      The case was investigated by the Syracuse Police Department, with assistance by the Onondaga County District Attorney TMs Office, as part of Project Safe Childhood , a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.

      CNY Central reporter Lisa Spitz is following up on this story today. Do you have a wireless internet router in your home? What steps can you take to make sure your signal is secure? Check back later today on CNYcentral.com and NBC3/CBS5 news for more details on this case.

      Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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