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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Mechanicville Man Pleads Guilty to Production of Child Pornography

ALBANY, NEW YORK – ROBERT V. MCLAUGHLIN, age 57, of Mechanicville, New York, pled guilty today in Albany before United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino to two counts of production of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Andrew W. Vale, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

McLAUGHLIN faces at least15 years and up to 30 years of imprisonment on each count, as well as term of supervised release of at least 5 years and up to life. He also faces a maximum fine of $250,000 and mandatory registration as a sex offender. McLAUGHLIN will be sentenced in Albany, New York on March 12, 2015.

As part of his guilty plea, McLAUGHLIN admitted that between 2012 and 2014 he engaged in sexually explicit conduct with two young girls for the purpose of producing visual depictions of that abuse, and that he produced such depictions.

This case was investigated by the New York State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lisa M. Fletcher and Special Assistant United States Attorney Amanda W. Cox.

Updated February 10, 2015