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Northern District of New York

Friday, August 7, 2015

Jury Convicts Albany County Man Of Producing Child Pornography

Defendant Faces 35 to 70 Years in Federal Prison

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Robert C. McCoy, 56, of Glenmont and Selkirk, NY, was convicted yesterday of three federal felony counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, possession of child pornography and commission of a felony offense involving a minor by a registered sex offender, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Andrew W. Vale, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Albany Division. The defendant was found guilty following a four day jury trial.

According to the evidence presented at trial, from 2012 to 2014, McCoy, a registered sex offender, produced sexually explicit images of a minor victim and possessed child pornography obtained by him from the Internet.

"Sexual exploitation crimes are heinous, preying upon the most vulnerable among us, our children," stated United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian. "My office will continue to collaborate with our partner law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute such predators."

Sentencing was set by U.S. District Judge Mae D’Agostino for December 14, 2015 at 10 am. McCoy faces at least 35 years of imprisonment, with a maximum sentence of 70 years, a term of supervised release of no less than five years and up to life, and a fine of up to $250,000.

The case was investigated by the Town of Bethlehem NY Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 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, Assistant United States Attorney Emily T. Farber, and former Special Assistant United States Attorney Amanda W. Cox. 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

Updated August 7, 2015