Is John Tighe Innocent? – Here’re a Few Facts to Consider

John Tighe in handcuffs, arrested for possession of child porn found on computers he did not own.

John Tighe currently resides in the Fort Devens Federal Medical Center, a United States federal prison in Massachusetts. Fort Devens is for male federal inmates requiring specialized or long-term medical care.

Prior to the raid on his house in October 2013, John had announced on his blog, Saratoga In Decline, that he had been diagnosed with small bowel cancer. Although he lost his insurance coverage for a period of time, he did get it back.

When his home was raided, on suspicion of trespassing into Nxivm’s website, the New York State Police – including one Senior Investigator who had worked closely with Clare Bronfman and her attorneys – seized all of John’s computers. From that point forward, all those computers were held by the NYS Police.

Then, a funny thing happened. After the New York State Police had held his computers for several months, they “found” child porn on one of them.

There were supposedly lots of child porn files – but all of them were apparently downloaded onto the one computer at the same time on the same day. Many of those files were never opened – and none of them were ever shared with anyone else.

The NYS Police and FBI did a thorough search of John’s Facebook and Twitter messages – and all of his email accounts – looking for other evidence of his involvement with child pornography. They found absolutely nothing.

None of this fit the profile of a child porn user. But no matter.

The Nxivm crowd had been accused in the past of planting key loggers and other malware on enemies’ computers. But no matter.

Nxivm had several members who were assigned to hack into the computers of people that had been designated as “enemies” — and John was definitely considered an “enemy” (Nxivm tried to have him arrested at several events – and once accused him of trying to poison the water at the Silver Bay resort that hosted Vanguard Week). But no matter.

John was charged with possessing child porn. He was arrested and faced 20 years in federal prison.

It’s a complicated story. There’s a lot John could say but he can’t say anything right now because he’s scheduled to get out soon – and doesn’t want to do anything to jeopardize or delay that.

But consider this: The computer where the child porn was “found” may not have been one of the computers seized from John’s house. And even if the computer in question did belong to John, the child porn could have been planted on it before or after it was seized by the NYS Police.

In the inventory of the items that were seized from John’s house, the NYS Police listed a Mac computer. But John never owned a Mac computer.

Unfortunately, a forensic investigation is now out of the question since, rather conveniently, all of the seized computers were apparently destroyed by the NYS Police. As a result, John lost every family photo and travel picture he ever had.

Charged with the most odious of crimes and facing 20 years in federal prison, John was offered a plea deal by the feds: plead guilty to one count and face a maximum of a 5-year sentence.

John didn’t have the $100,000 his attorney would require in order to go to trial – and his attorney told him he would likely get a sentence of one-year-and-a-day if he took the plea deal. So, he took the proffered deal on the condition that he be assigned to a prison with a medical center.

Just like all the people who pleaded guilty in the Nxivm trial, John had to wait several months until he was sentenced.

During that period, his attorney requested that he be placed on probation rather than receiving any prison sentence. The prosecution asked for a 5-year sentence.

The judge sentenced John to 5-years – which he is now serving at the Fort Devens Medical Center. Since arriving there, John has also developed liver cancer – and is currently being treated for that. He is also on the official list for a liver transplant but since prisoners routinely get passed over for such operations, that is not likely going to happen.

He’s lost over 50 pounds since he first arrived at Fort Devens. He was also badly injured in a scalding accident while working there.

None of this changes the fact that he may have been framed. Even the fact that being in a prison with a medical center that may have saved his life does not change the fact the John Tighe may be an innocent man.

Frank Report intends to try to find out the truth.

If John was framed, it may not have been Clare Bronfman and Keith Raniere alone who did it. They likely had help and if they did, that help likely involves some sort of public corruption.

This is something that the Department of Justice [in the Northern District at least] may be reluctant to touch because one or more of their own might have been involved. First and foremost, the DOJ has to protect its own reputation. A special prosecutor is probably needed to properly investigate this matter.

During the trial of Keith Raniere, we learned a lot about him and the lengths he was willing to go to silence his enemies. Is that only the tip of the iceberg?

With Bronfman wealth and a small town like Albany, which is known worldwide as the corrupt capital of the most corrupt state, it is not an impossible reach to think that John was framed.

Did John take a plea deal to save his life and avoid the risk of serving 20 years? I think he did.

But he can’t talk about things until he gets out of prison.

Now that the Bronfman-Raniere racketeering enterprise is finally toppling, it’s time to unearth whatever stones are necessary to discover the worms in hiding – even if those worms are public officials.

Frank Report is committed to this task.

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  • “Today, the Trump Justice Department determined that Jeffrey Epstein’s lenient (and illegal) plea deal must stand, rejecting a request by victims to prosecute him for molesting dozens of underage girls. Epstein once counted Trump and former President Bill Clinton among his many powerful friends, and his legal team included such big names as Alan Dershowitz and Kenneth Starr.”

  • A very serious obstacle obstructing the exoneration of John Tighe is that courts do not like to admit they’re wrong, even when the evidence clearly points to a miscarriage of justice.

    The case of Gary Dotson is pertinent to this discussion.

    “Gary E. Dotson (born August 3, 1957) is an American man who was the first person to be exonerated of a criminal conviction by DNA evidence. In May 1979, he was found guilty and sentenced to 25 to 50 years’ imprisonment for rape, and another 25 to 50 years for aggravated kidnapping, the terms to be served concurrently. This conviction was upheld by the appellate court in 1981. In 1985, the accusing witness recanted her testimony, which had been the main evidence against Dotson. He was not exonerated or pardoned at that time, but due to popular belief that he was a victim of a false rape accusation, Dotson went through a series of paroles and re-incarcerations until DNA evidence proved his innocence in 1988. Dotson was subsequently cleared of his conviction.

    this case happened in Chicago’s suburbs some 40 years ago.

    The witness Cathy Crowell Webb recanted her testimony and admitted that she had consensual sex with her boyfriend.
    Regardless of her recantation it took a special hearing by Illinois’ then Governor James Thompson to release Dotson from prison.
    Only the new science of DNA finally exonerated Gary Dotson.

    The Dotson case also demonstrates that when a person like Cathy Crowell Webb or Allison Mack fabricates evidence it can result in serious injustices.
    Innocent people can be wrongly convicted of crimes that never happened.

    I will be hoping and praying that ultimately John Tighe is exonerated and NXIVM and its leaders are ground into the dust.

  • If as Frank states the porn on John Tighe’s computer was accessed once…..

    ….It’s a huge red flag.

    Pedophiles download child porn for the same reason normal heterosexual men download pornography of adult women…

    ….To masterbate……

    If the porn on the computer, that was accessed once, is the only evidence then to me it would seem that John Tighe may be innocent.

    At the very least his case should be re-examined.

    • Thank you niceguy. You have officially become the FR expert on porn. You are to porn as Anonymaker is to BDSM, Flowers is to stalking, Scott is to stockpiling soap, and Shadow is to Allison’s underpants drawer.

      • Nutjob,


        I think Frank Parlato would have easier time getting Jon Tighe exonerated for murder rap.

        …. Sometimes the ‘obvious’ redundant point must be restated until people realize the truth or possibility of something…….

        The other obvious point that I would like to point out is that Frank Parlato would not be risking his good name if did not earnestly believe John Tighe was framed.

        Frank Parlato was/is successful in business and consulting. He is intelligent. Krclaviger is no slouch either.

  • John Tighe was a 55+ year old man and didn’t have or couldn’t come up with $100,000 to pay an attorney to fight a charge as serious as child porn? That’s pretty pathetic. But if that was all he needed, why didn’t you step forward back then and help him out or some attorney offer their service pro bono? Didn’t he have any friends? Did you a least write about his plight in your Niagara Falls Reporter or write in to the Albany Times Union on his behalf?

    • most americans {you know real americans } cant afford a $1000 crisis and live paycheck to paycheck

      fuck off with your smug $100,000 and adulthood <==not everyone is a limited hangout loaded with CIA laundered cash

      • Chicky,

        My point is John made the best play he could with the hand of cards he was dealt.

        He had a limited number of chips. Some times it’s better to fold and walk away with life.

        Most people with any degree of common sense would have done the same if they don’t have the money for a real defense attorney.

        Most public defenders plea bargain their clients’ case. They’re overworked and underpaid, and many times poorly qualified.

  • Frank,
    I really have to say it. There are people that read your blog that are computer tech savvy and you really don’t good or believable to them that your question of John being innocent is believable.
    your really not making your self look good and your not knowledgeable about it.

    If you talk to a computer tech guy, I think you will change your way of writing about this matter.

  • Frank,
    you keep bring this up that John may have been framed. Would you agree that when John gets out of prison that we directly ask him if he had child porn on his computer that HE put there. We take his answer, publish it so everyone knows what Johns answer was and if he says he did not have child porn on his compute that he take a lie detector test about it. ?
    I will pay for that lie detector test.
    That way, John is directly involved, its not all behind the scences just talkin about it.
    Our so you want to avoid this and just writing every other day that you think John was framed. Many CNN viewers would certainly believe something if you keep on talking the same jargon.

    Speak with any good forensic computer expert. It can be told if there was child porn sent to a computer and where it came from. This is not a jargon behind the scenes ” just talk about it” This is perfect math. They can tell who sent it. John had probably the best Defense Attorney in the Albany area for his case and if he simple asked for the computer to be tested. John innocence would have proven
    ands he would not be in prison.

    Everybody, ask a COMPUTER TECH GUY ABOUT THIS. I’m sure you’ll get the same response I did.

    • What part of ‘John Tigue didn’t own a Mac’ needs explanation from A COMPUTER TECH GUY. You Nxian shills are like robots.

      • Do we know the kiddy porn was on a Mac or another computer? How would someone know whether someone else owns a Mac or not? If the porn was on the Mac, it makes sense that nobody knew Tighe owned a Mac.

  • More time and effort should be spent on ensuring the Rainbow Cultural Garden schools are closed and any criminal activities associated with them are prosecuted. Reportedly, there are schools still open in Los Angeles, Albany, and Brooklyn. Does anyone know the address/phone numbers? I’ve reported the schools to both the CA and NY authorities, but unfortunately this information has been scrubbed from the internets and I couldn’t provide it.

  • That’s a steep hill to climb. The physical evidence has been destroyed, Tighe won’t say anything for about a year, it’s been several years since it happened, and corruption is rampant. The best chance of a breakthrough will be before sentencing of the NXIVM 6 (or other NXIVM crooks that have not been indicted), as they try to get less time behind bars, and several of them may not even be able to help because they weren’t involved.

  • Frank

    Congrats again on the victory over Rainiere and your tireless role in it.

    Regarding Tighe:

    How are you going to motivate DOJ to hire a special investigator? Is writing on this blog sufficient?

    What is your access within state government, DOJ and NYSP? Do you have deep contacts that can feed you hard information on this case or motivated to assist you to open up an investigation?

    How are you going to recover lost evidence that would overturn a conviction?

    How are you going to fight NYSP? They’re a para-military group with a tight military style command structure. Dissension is not tolerated.

    What are you personally and professionally prepared to do to make all this happen? I’d like to see you lay it all out.

    I hope Tighe gets out soon and a year goes by quick but I’m not sure how you will make an impact alone before John is released.

      • You Nxivm birds of a feather, Tom and Mary, flock together, while the rest of us will continue to consider all the information provided on Fr, which to date, points to the increasing likelihood that a Nxivm enemy, John, was set up by the criminal racketeering cult of Nxivm. You both know why.

        • Not a bird of any kind, especially not Nxivm!! Nxivm was duplicitous, criminal and transgressed basic human rights!

          I simply request a concrete plan of action as to how FR will proceed.

  • “I want you to know I am pleading guilty because I am, in fact, guilty,” she said in Brooklyn federal court, her voice breaking. “I accept that some of the things I did were not just wrong, but sometimes criminal.

    “I justified them by saying that what we were doing was for the greater good,” she told Judge Nicholas Garaufis. “I am deeply sorry for the trouble I caused my daughter, [and] the pain I caused my parents.

    “I still believe that some of what we did was good,” she added.

    Salzman, also known as “Prefect,” co-founded the self-proclaimed self help group with Keith Raniere in the 1990s.

    Her lawyer Robert Soloway told The Post Tuesday that his client would not be cooperating against her fellow Nxians.

    In her tearful statement, Salzman said she’d obtained passwords and user names to monitor suspected moles within the organization and see if they were revealing the group’s secrets.

    She also confessed to “having others destroy video tapes” memorializing Raniere’s teachings.

    The former psychiatric nurse lives in Albany, and has been battling undisclosed health problems. Neither her daughter nor the other co-defendants were in court.

    • Yes. She should’ve dragged her sorry ass into court for her daughter, just as Lauren’s sister should’ve. Nan will know something about everything in NX, up to and including what happened to JT, but, she won’t ‘cooperate’ – pointless to expect integrity or any other high value characteristics from such an appaling low-life. Let Karma do what it does with wilfully ignorant, elderly NX women. Her immense luck has come in the form of non-cult cancer care given by We ThePeople. She could be sipping mistletoe milk, while KAR and Legatus practice her signature.

About the Author

Frank Parlato is an investigative journalist.

His work has been cited in hundreds of news outlets, like The New York Times, The Daily Mail, VICE News, CBS News, Fox News, New York Post, New York Daily News, Oxygen, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, The Sun, The Times of London, CBS Inside Edition, among many others in all five continents.

His work to expose and take down NXIVM is featured in books like “Captive” by Catherine Oxenberg, “Scarred” by Sarah Edmonson, “The Program” by Toni Natalie, and “NXIVM. La Secta Que Sedujo al Poder en México” by Juan Alberto Vasquez.

Parlato has been prominently featured on HBO’s docuseries “The Vow” and was the lead investigator and coordinating producer for Investigation Discovery’s “The Lost Women of NXIVM.” Parlato was also credited in the Starz docuseries "Seduced" for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

Additionally, Parlato’s coverage of the group OneTaste, starting in 2018, helped spark an FBI investigation, which led to indictments of two of its leaders in 2023.

Parlato appeared on the Nancy Grace Show, Beyond the Headlines with Gretchen Carlson, Dr. Oz, American Greed, Dateline NBC, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, where Parlato conducted the first-ever interview with Keith Raniere after his arrest. This was ironic, as many credit Parlato as one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

Parlato is a consulting producer and appears in TNT's The Heiress and the Sex Cult, which premiered on May 22, 2022. Most recently, he consulted and appeared on Tubi's "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM," which aired January, 2023.

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