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Mechanicville man indicted on child porn charges

Mechanicville man indicted on child porn charges

A 57-year-old Mechanicville man has been indicted on child pornography charges after authorities say

A 57-year-old Mechanicville man has been indicted on child pornography charges after authorities say he engaged in sexually explicit conduct with two young girls.

Robert McLaughlin faces two counts of production of child pornography and faces up to 30 years in prison, U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian announced Wednesday. Each count carries a maximum fine of $250,000.

McLaughlin appeared Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Christian F. Hummel in Albany for arraignment. He was detained pending resolution of the charges.

According to the indictment, McLaughlin engaged in sexually explicit conduct with two young girls and produced visual depictions of this conduct between 2012 and 2014.

State police and the FBI are investigating the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa M. Fletcher and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda W. Cox are prosecuting the case. It was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched by the Department of Justice in 2006 to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse.

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