Latham Man Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Send Obscene Material to a Minor
Agrees to 100-Month Prison Sentence
ALBANY, NEW YORK – Brendan Chandler, age 35, of Latham, New York, admitted today to sending images of his erect penis to someone he believed to be a 14-year-old girl.
The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and James N. Hendricks, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Chandler admitted that on April 17, 2018, he used the Kik phone messaging application to send photos of his penis to someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl, but who was actually a New York State Police Investigator acting in an undercover capacity. Chandler was arrested that same day in a parking lot in Latham, where, he admitted, he believed he was going to pick up the girl in his car so that they could have sex.
As part of his plea agreement, Chandler agreed to serve a 100-month prison sentence, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release. Senior United States District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy will impose sentence on November 14, 2019.
This case was investigated by the FBI and its Child Exploitation Task Force, which includes members of the New York State Police Troop G Computer Crimes Unit, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett.
This case is prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices, 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/.