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Schenectady sex offender faces new child porn charges

Schenectady sex offender faces new child porn charges

A Schenectady man has been arrested on federal child pornography charges, according to records filed

A Schenectady man has been arrested on federal child pornography charges, according to records filed in U.S. District Court.

Adam Rey Gonzalez, of Marie Street, Schenectady, who is also a registered sex offender, was arrested Thursday at his workplace, according to an FBI affidavit.

On Monday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Christian F. Hummel ordered Gonzalez held without bail pending a hearing in U.S. District Court on April 10.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office argued in court that Gonzalez is both a flight risk and a danger to the community, and the judge agreed.

Gonzalez is a registered Level 2 sex offender, having been convicted on three child pornography charges in Burlington, Vt., in 2007. At the time, according to a Burlington television account, he was a student at St. Michael’s College who was from Schenectady.

He appears to have served 14 months in jail on those charges, based on background information included in the federal complaint.

Gonzalez is now charged with receipt, possession and distribution of child pornography, according to the FBI complaint.

It is alleged that an FBI agent in Newark, N.J., last Sept. 10 used a filing-sharing website on which a person using the online alias “Redart-yob” shared nude pictures of young males, from roughly ages 10 to 14, engaging in lewd conduct.

Through investigation, the FBI said it learned the user name was associated with an Internet address assigned to Gonzalez, with service at his Schenectady address.

The complaint says a search of his residence Thursday found computer networking equipment, but no computer. Gonzalez was not home at the time.

Subsequently, the FBI conducted a search at GlobalFoundries in Malta, where Gonzalez has worked as a technician since May 2011. They said his personal computer was found in his work space, as is allowed by GlobalFoundries’ company policy. He worked in a cubicle in an open area, the FBI complaint said.

The complaint did not reveal whether illegal materials were found on the personal computer.

The charges carry a range of five to 20 years in federal prison upon conviction.

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