ROTTERDAM - A Rotterdam man arrested in February on child pornography and other charges after taking his computer in for repair now faces a federal count.
Chandler B. Whittaker, 23, of 107 Nicholas Court, appeared last week in U.S. District Court in Albany on one federal count of possession of child pornography.
The federal charge comes after his February arrest in Rotterdam on state charges of child pornography, sexual abuse and weapons counts. A local prosecutor confirmed Monday that the sexual abuse and weapons counts will continue to be prosecuted locally.
Rotterdam police launched the investigation after an employee at Computer Repair and Technologies Inc. on Altamont Avenue found questionable images on a computer and called police, according to the February police report. Whitaker provided the passcode at the shop to unlock the computer, according to the federal complaint.
Investigators determined the computer contained more than 100 images containing child pornography and a video of Whittaker having sexual contact with an 8-year-old girl, police said.
A subsequent search of Whittaker’s residence revealed an illegally modified AR 15 rifle, several illegal ammunition magazines, an electronic stun gun, two pairs of metal knuckles and 30.6 grams of marijuana, police said.
Whittaker was arraigned on the federal charge and ordered held pending trial.
Whittaker continues to face locally one count of first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, all felonies. He was also charged with two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, both misdemeanors, officials said.
At the time of his February arrest, police asked parents who believed their child may have been subjected to inappropriate contact by Whittaker call Rotterdam detectives at 518-355-7397.
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