ALBANY, N.Y. - Michael Niebling, 67, of Windham, N.Y., was sentenced to five years in federal prison and a lifetime of supervised release after pleading guilty to two counts of distribution and possession of child pornography. The sentence was the result of an investigation conducted by special agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Albany.
"This sentence sends a powerful message from the federal government that possession and distribution of child pornography will not be tolerated, and those who support the worldwide exploitation of innocent children will face dire consequences," said Patrick E. Coultry, resident agent in charge of the ICE's Office of Investigations in Albany. "This former police officer possessed more than 250 images of children from 6 months to 14 years old engaged in sexual activity."
The sentencing was announced by Coultry and Andrew T. Baxter, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York. U.S. District Court Judge Gary L. Sharpe also ordered Niebling to pay a $20,000 fine, have no unsupervised contact with minors, to participate in a sex offender program, and register with the New York State Sex Offender Registry Program. According to court documents, Niebling sent a child pornography image to an individual over the internet and received images on his computer. A forensic examination of Niebling's computer recovered approximately 254 still images and 20 computer video images depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
Niebling was employed as a police officer with the New York City Police Department from 1963 to1984. He served as a detective for 14 years, and later as a sergeant for in homicide and robbery divisions. The New York State Police and the Town of Windham Police Department assisted in the investigation.