Two Tompkins County men are accused of possessing child pornography and exploiting children.

New York State Police say 42-year-old Ian Marsh and 22-year-old Matthew Marsh, both of Enfield were arrested Tuesday and charged with felony Possessing a Sexual Performance by a Child.

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According to a Troop C news release, Officers from the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation at Ithaca and the Computer Crimes Unit conducted the investigation that resulted in the Marshs being arrested on the class E felony counts.

Investigators say they found both men were in possession of images consistent with child exploitation.  The authorities said the arrests stem from a cyber tip received by the New York State Police Internet Crimes Against Children’s Task Force.

Both men were arrested and processed at the New York State Police barracks located in Ithaca in Tompkins County.

Both Ian and Matthew Marsh have been ordered to appear at the Enfield Town Court on August 29.

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Get our free mobile app reports in New York State, the penalties and sentencing for Possession of a Sexual Performance by a Child carries a possibly jail sentence of one and a third to four years.  However, according to the legal website, a conviction could result in a sentence that consists only of probation and a conditional discharge on the discretion of the judge.

The defendants in the announced arrest action in Tompkins County are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Both men are free on their own recognizance with no bail set according to the information contained in the State Police news release.

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