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Massachusetts man gets 15 years in coercion case

Massachusetts man gets 15 years in coercion case

He pleaded guilty to distributing, receiving, possessing child pornography
Massachusetts man gets 15 years in coercion case
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ALBANY — A Massachusetts man received more than 15 years in federal prison Thursday after admitting to trying to coerce a minor into sexual activity and traveling to Colonie to carry out the act, prosecutors said.

David J. Rancourt, 62, of Palmer also pleaded guilty in November to distributing, receiving and possessing child pornography, officials said.

In all, Judge Mae D'Agostino sentenced Rancourt to 15 years, eight months.

Rancourt admitted in November to posting an online advertisement soliciting sexual role-play with a boy. He then communicated online with someone he believed was a 14-year-old boy but was actually an undercover officer with the Colonie Police Department. Rancourt then traveled to Colonie on April 9, 2016, to meet and have sex with the boy and was promptly arrested.

He also sent and received child pornography using a phone-based instant-messaging application and possessed child pornography on his phone, prosecutors said.

The case was investigated by the Colonie Police Department and the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Solomon B. Shinerock.

The prosecution is part of Project Safe Childhood, a national program that aims to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.

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