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Schenectady sex offender indicted on child pornography charges

Schenectady sex offender indicted on child pornography charges

A convicted Schenectady sex offender, accused in May of possessing and distributing child pornograph

A convicted Schenectady sex offender, accused in May of possessing and distributing child pornography, has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

Paul Kearsing, 50, formerly of Degraff Street, faces one count each of distribution, receipt and possession of child pornography.

He is accused of distributing three pornographic videos from his home computer over the Internet in December 2012. Charges were filed in May in U.S. District Court in Albany.

Kearsing is listed as a Level 2 sex offender. He admitted in 1992 to raping a 4-year-old girl. In exchange for his plea, which prosecutors at the time noted spared the child from going before a grand jury, he was sentenced to two to six years in prison.

The federal investigation that led to Kearsing began when a U.S. Homeland Security Investigations special agent used a software program used by individuals to transmit and download files from individual computers, according to papers filed in court. The agent focused on a list of Internet addresses identified by Internet Crimes Against Children investigators as recently connected to child pornography in New York state. One of those Internet addresses was ultimately identified as Kearsing’s, according to court papers.

From Dec. 5-14, 2012, the investigator downloaded three pornographic videos that featured children from Kearsing’s address. In April, a Department of Homeland Security summons identified the user of that address as Kearsing.

Kearsing allegedly admitted to recognizing each of the videos and admitted downloading them. He also allegedly admitted to using the program for about two years and expressed familiarity with how it worked. He allegedly told investigators he moved out of the program some videos he did not want to share and deleted others.

Kearsing appeared in court in May and was ordered held without bail. It was unclear when he would be arraigned on the indictment.

Receipt of child pornography carries a possible sentence of as much as 20 years in federal prison.

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