Man accused of molesting boy, may face life in prison

A Schenectady man who spent time in federal prison on a child pornography conviction now faces up to
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A Schenectady man who spent time in federal prison on a child pornography conviction now faces up to life in state prison, accused of sexually abusing a 6-year-old boy, authorities said this afternoon.

Steven Ahders, 29, of Brandywine Avenue, was charged today with predatory sexual assault against a child, a felony that carries a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison.

Ahders is accused of abusing the child between January and June 2007 in Schenectady.

Ahders knew the child after meeting the child’s mother through personal ads two years ago, assistant Schenectady County Assistant District Attorney Andra Ackerman said.

The child disclosed late last year abuse that Ackerman described as “horrific” and “the worst of the worst.”

Ahders is listed on the state sex offender registry as a Level 1 offender, the lowest-level risk to reoffend, according to registry officials. He served 46 months in federal custody related to a 2001 conviction on child pornography possession. He admitted then to using his home computer to trade nude images of children and other people and advertised the service in an Internet chat room.

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