SCHENECTADY — A Schenectady man faces up to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to sexual exploitation of a minor, the U.S. Justice Department announced.
Keith Mussenden, 38, as part of a plea deal, admitted to exchanging messages through multiple social media platforms with a 14-year-old girl residing outside of New York between June 2019 and February 2020, according to a Justice Department news release.
Mussenden “persuaded, induced, and enticed the victim to take sexually explicit images of herself” and send them to him. During the same time period, Mussenden also sent the victim pictures of his genitalia “in hopes of obtaining sexually explicit images of the victim in return.”
In addition, Mussenden also engaged the victim via video chats, where he requested her to “perform sexual acts while he also engaged in sexual acts,” according to the news release.
Mussenden, who remains jailed pending sentencing in October, faces a minimum sentence of 15 years and up to 30 years. He will also have to register as a sex offender and between five years and life of supervised release once his prison sentence ends.
The case was investigated by the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force, which includes members from the Rotterdam Police Department and New York State Police. U.S. Attorneys Rachel Williams and Dustin Segovia prosecuted the case.
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