A Schenectady man was sentenced Thursday to 40 years in prison for sexually exploiting a child and distributing child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Robert Kirk, 37, admitted that twice in July 2018 he used a sleeping child to create sexually explicit images and videos on his phone, including videos and images of himself touching the clothed and unclothed vaginal area of the child, according to an announcement by Acting U.S. Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon and Special Agent in Charge of the Buffalo Field Office of Homeland Security Investigations, Kevin Kelly.
Kirk also admitted to distributing child pornography, including an image of the minor, as well as images depicting other children, over a group messaging application, and to possessing hundreds of images of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Senior United States District Judge Norman A. Mordue also sentenced Kirk to a 25-year term of supervised release, to begin following his term of imprisonment.
This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, which is led by United States Attorney’s offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, and is designed to marshal federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children on the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit https://www.justice.gov/psc.