Rotterdam Man Pleads Guilty to Attempted Online Enticement of a Minor
ALBANY, NEW YORK –Randy Eignor, age 50, of Rotterdam, New York, pled guilty today to attempted online enticement of a minor.
The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon and Thomas F. Relford, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
As part of his guilty plea, Eignor admitted that he attempted to entice and coerce an individual, whom he believed to be a 12-year-old girl, to engage in sex. After days of exchanging sexually explicit text messages with the person whom he believed to be a 12-year-old girl, Eignor arranged to meet her in Colonie, where Eignor was arrested by law enforcement on February 12, 2020.
As a result of his conviction, Eignor faces at least 10 years and up to life in prison, a term of post-release supervision of at least 5 years and up to life, and a fine of up to $250,000. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and other factors. Sentencing is scheduled for January 22, 2021 before United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino. Eignor will also have to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.
This case was investigated by the FBI and its Child Exploitation Task Force, which includes members of state and local law enforcement agencies, including the New York State Police, the Colonie Police Department, and the Rotterdam Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua R. Rosenthal.
This case is being prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood. Launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, Project Safe Childhood is led by United States Attorney’s’ offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), 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 to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit https://www.justice.gov/psc.