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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 18, 2020

Vermont Man Charged with Traveling to Meet Minor for Sex

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Robert McAdam, age 47, of Rutland, Vermont, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with traveling across state lines with the intent to engage in a sexual act with a minor. 

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Thomas F. Relford, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). 

The charge in the complaint is merely an accusation.  The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. 

The criminal complaint alleges that, between February 7, 2019 and June 16, 2020, McAdam exchanged text messages with an undercover investigator who was posing as the adult father of a 15-year-old girl.  In these exchanges, McAdam discussed his interest in having sex with the girl.  In furtherance of this interest, McAdam traveled to New York earlier this month to meet with the undercover officer in person.  After this meeting, McAdam arranged to have sex with the minor in a hotel room in Queensbury, New York, to take place on June 16, 2020.    On this date, McAdam traveled from Vermont to a predetermined hotel room in Queensbury.  Upon arrival to the hotel, McAdam was encountered by law enforcement and arrested. 

McAdam initially appeared in court on Monday before United States Magistrate Judge Christian F. Hummel.  Following a second hearing held today, Judge Hummel ordered McAdam detained.

The charge filed against McAdam carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and a term of supervised release of at least 5 years and up to life.  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. 

This case is being investigated by the FBI and its Child Exploitation Task Force, including investigators with the New York State Police, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Rachel Williams. 

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 https://www.justice/gov/psc/.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated June 18, 2020