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Guilderland man sexually exploited child, feds say; Federal charges follow similar state police accusations

John H. Ruthosky Jr. - Credit: New York State Police

John H. Ruthosky Jr. - Credit: New York State Police

ALBANY – A man arrested last week on accusations he sexually assaulted a child in Albany County is now facing federal charges, prosecutors said.

John H. Ruthosky, 36, of Guilderland, is facing federal charges he sexually exploited the child. 

He appeared in federal court Tuesday and gave up his right to a detention hearing. He will remain in custody pending trial.

Ruthosky is accused of producing sexually explicit videos of a child, prosecutors said.

If convicted, he would face a minimum term of 15 years and maximum term of 30 years in prison, officials said.

Federal prosecutors identified Ruthosky Tuesday as from Schenectady. State police last week, however, identified him as from Guilderland and indicated he was arraigned on the state charges in Albany County and sent to the Albany County Jail.

Ruthosky was originally arrested by state police last Wednesday on a host of charges, including one count of predatory sexual assault against a child, a state felony that carries a potential top sentence of 25 years to life in prison, if convicted.

The investigation began with a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children sent to the state police. The tip indicated that a user of the social media platform Kik was sharing images of child sexual exploitation, state police said.

Troopers identified that man as Ruthosky.

Investigators obtained search warrants and found sexually explicit images, as well as sexually explicit videos of young children, on Ruthosky’s cellphone, police said.

Investigators also gathered enough evidence to charge him with predatory sexual assault against a child related to a child under the age of 13, as well as use of a child in a sexual performance, a felony, according to officials.

State police were also investigating the possibility of other victims. Troopers released a photo of the defendant and asked anyone with information to call investigators. 

Anyone with further information on Ruthosky is asked to contact Homeland Security Investigations’ 24-hour tip line (866) 347-2423.

The case is being investigated by Homeland Security Investigations with assistance from state police. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Geoffrey J.L. Brown and Rachel L. Williams are prosecuting.

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