Vermont Man Sentenced to 46 Months for Traveling to New York to Engage in Sexual Activity with a Minor
ALBANY, NEW YORK – Robert McAdam, age 49, of Rutland, Vermont, was sentenced today to 46 months in prison for traveling to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor, announced United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Janeen DiGuiseppi, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
As part of his previously entered guilty plea, McAdam admitted that, between February 7, 2019 and June 16, 2020, he exchanged text messages with someone he believed to be the adult father of a 15-year-old girl. In these exchanges, McAdam discussed his interest in having sex with the girl. Then, McAdam traveled to New York in early June 2020 to meet with the person he believed to be the father of the girl. After this in-person 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 hotel room in Queensbury, where he was encountered by law enforcement and arrested. McAdam brought alcohol that he intended to supply to the minor, as well as condoms.
United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino also imposed a 15-year term of supervised release, which will start after McAdam is released from prison. As a result of his conviction, McAdam will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from incarceration.
This case was investigated by the FBI and its Child Exploitation Task Force, including investigators with the New York State Police, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Rachel Williams.
This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorney’s 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/.