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Schenectady man gets 18-year term for child porn

A Schenectady man with a history of sex-related offenses was sentenced Tuesday to more than 18 years
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A Schenectady man with a history of sex-related offenses was sentenced Tuesday to more than 18 years in federal prison after admitting earlier to distributing child pornography, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Adam Rey Gonzalez, 28, formerly of Marie Street, admitted to the federal charge in April. Prosecutors identified Gonzalez in a release as a “prolific online trader of child pornography.”

Authorities zeroed in on Gonzalez in September 2013 when an FBI agent in New Jersey used a file-sharing website to find someone with the user name “Redart-yob” sharing nude pictures of young males believed to be ages 8 to 14 engaging in lewd conduct, authorities have said. The user name is “Trader boy” backwards. Agents then traced the user name to an Internet address assigned to Gonzalez in Schenectady.

He was previously listed as a Level 2 sex offender based on child pornography convictions in Vermont. Federal prosecutors also said he has a conviction for sexual abuse of a minor from 2006.

By March 2014, authorities had a warrant and searched Gonzalez’ residence. He was not home. They found computer networking equipment, but no computer. They also seized a personal laptop from his then-workspace at Global Foundries in Malta.

His home computer, however, apparently wasn’t found until September 2014, when another search warrant was issued for his home, federal records show. Authorities found his computer hidden in the living room sofa, according to papers filed in court. They found 30 files depicting graphic child pornography on that computer.

Judge Thomas J. McAvoy, who sentenced Gonzalez, described the materials he traded as “horrific,” according to the U.S. attorney’s release.

McAvoy sentenced Gonzalez to a total of 220 months — 18 years, four months — in federal prison. Gonzalez was also ordered to pay $12,000 to a specific victim, prosecutors said.

Reach Gazette reporter Steven Cook at 395-3122, [email protected] or @ByStevenCook on Twitter.

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