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Mayfield brothers accused of producing child pornography

Mayfield brothers accused of producing child pornography

Two brothers face federal charges of producing child pornography after a raid at their home this mor

Two Mayfield brothers were arrested today on federal charges after state and federal investigators say they used a 7-year-old child to produce pornographic pictures and video.

Officials said Richard Hastings, 21, took sexually explicit photographs of the child between July 27 and July 29, posting some on a website and emailing some an undercover police investigator in Queensland, Australia. Meanwhile, officials said, Hastings' 18-year-old brother, Robert, produced a sexually explicit video of the same child on Aug. 2.

Federal agents were at the Hastings’ home on Yates Road this morning. They removed computers from the residence after executing a warrant.

Each of the brothers was charged today with production of child pornography, which officials said carries a mandatory sentence of 15 to 30 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000. They appeared today in federal court and were remanded to jail, with a detention hearing scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday.

This case is being investigated by the federal Department of Homeland Security and the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

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