You are here

Justice News

Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Albany County Man Sentenced To 80 Years For Sexually Exploiting A Minor

ALBANY, NEW YORK - Robert C. McCoy, age 56, of Glenmont and Selkirk, NY, was sentenced today to 80 years in prison following his conviction in August 2015 for sexual exploitation of a minor and other child exploitation crimes.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Andrew W. Vale, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Albany Division.

On August 6, 2015, a jury found McCoy guilty after a four-day trial. The evidence demonstrated that between 2012 and 2014, McCoy produced sexually explicit images of a minor. McCoy was also found guilty of possessing child pornography and committing a felony offense involving a minor while already a registered sex offender.

"McCoy’s sentence reflects the heinousness of his crimes," stated U.S. Attorney Richard S. Hartunian. "His prosecution is the result of the work we do every day with our federal agencies and the police to investigate and prosecute those who prey on our community’s children."

"Predators like Mr. McCoy endanger our community," said Special Agent in Charge Andrew Vale. "The damage inflicted on their victims can never be undone. While we do not have the power to restore a child’s innocence, we do have the power to ensure that Mr. McCoy and those of his ilk are held accountable for their unspeakable crimes."

In addition to imposing a sentence of 80 years of imprisonment, U.S. District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino also ordered McCoy to serve a lifetime term of supervised release, to begin after his release from prison.

This case was investigated by the Town of Bethlehem Police Department and the FBI, with assistance from the New York State Police. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lisa Fletcher, Project Safe Childhood Coordinator for the Northern District of New York, and Assistant United States Attorney Emily Farber.

Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc.

Topic: 
Project Safe Childhood
Updated February 16, 2016