Troy firefighter arrested on child porn charges

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Terence Ratigan

Terence Ratigan

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — A Troy firefighter has been arrested on child pornography charges. Albany County court documents show Terence Ratigan, 39, was charged with distribution of child pornography.

Sources close to the investigation tell NEWS10 that Ratigan is a member of the Troy Fire Department and say he has been on leave since January.

The City of Troy emailed NEWS10 commenting on the situation:

“The criminal charges announced by the United States Attorney’s Office involving a City employee are deeply disturbing. The employee in question has been on leave for nearly 12 months on an unrelated personnel issue. We have no additional information regarding this matter beyond what has been released by the U.S. Attorney’s office, but will continue to monitor the situation. There is no additional comment at this time”

Communications Director for the City of Troy

Ratigan made his initial appearance in federal court on November 23. The criminal complaint alleges that Ratigan distributed child pornography over the internet.

Ratigan requested to adjourn his detention hearing, set for November 24, to a later date. Ratigan will remain detained pending future hearings.

The United States Department of Justice said the charge against Ratigan carries a sentence between 5 years and 20 years in prison, a fine up to $250,000 and a post-release term of supervision between 5 years and life. Ratigan would also have to register as a sex offender if convicted.

This case is being investigated by the FBI and its Child Exploitation Task Force, which includes members of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, including the Rotterdam, Troy, and Colonie Police Departments and the New York State Police.

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