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Rotterdam man charged with attempted sexual exploitation of child from Georgia

Rotterdam man charged with attempted sexual exploitation of child from Georgia

Rotterdam man charged with attempted sexual exploitation of child from Georgia
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ROTTERDAM -- A Rotterdam man messaged and attempted to meet a child in Georgia to sexually exploit, authorities said.

Keith Mussenden, 36, who is also listed as from Schenectady, was arrested Monday and charged with one federal count of attempted sexual exploitation of a child.

Mussenden is accused of having sexually explicit conversations online with a 14-year-old girl in Georgia that involved Mussenden requesting sexually explicit photographs of the child, according to an affidavit from Rotterdam police Investigator Michelle Crandall.

Mussenden appeared in U.S. District Court in Albany Tuesday and was ordered held. A detention hearing in the case is set for Friday.

The investigation began in October in Georgia when FBI agents there received information from the girl's parents that they had found messages of a sexual nature on the girl's phone between the girl and a 36-year-old man named Keith, whose last name she did not know, the affidavit reads.

The girl told investigators she had met the manl in an adult chatroom three months earlier. She initially told Mussenden she was 18, but later told him her actual age. Mussenden continued and requested she send naked photos of herself; he would get angry when she indicated she didn't want to, the complaint reads.

Mussenden also told her at one point "he wanted to travel to see her so he could take her to a hotel and rape her," the affidavit reads.

Investigators zeroed in on Mussenden through one of the messaging apps they used, the affidavit reads. The account had been set up with a phone number previously connected with Mussenden, they said.

In that case, investigators in August received a complaint from another minor female that a person by the name of Keith had asked her for sexual photos of herself, the complaint reads. Investigators interviewed him then, but no charges were filed.

In late January, the Georgia girl also relayed to investigators that she had remembered the man's last name, and it was Mussenden. She found an online profile of Mussenden and was sure it was the man she had communicated with.

By last week, investigators had enough information for a search warrant of Mussenden's residence and they executed the warrant Monday.

Investigators seized three laptops, a tablet and a cellphone. Initial previews of the devices did not immediately reveal child pornography, the affidavit reads, but did reveal chats between Mussenden and the Georgia girl. More in-depth examinations of the devices are ongoing.

Mussenden admitted to investigators that he chatted with the girl and knew she was underage. He also admitted to asking her for nude photos of herself, the affidavit reads.

The case follows one of another local man accused earlier this month of communicating with someone he believed to be 12 years old and trying to coerce her into a meeting so he could rape her. In that case, Rotterdam resident Randy Eignor, 49, was arrested after arriving at what he believed to be a meeting with the girl but instead was greeted by federal agents, police said. Eignor was charged with attempting to entice and coerce a child to engage in sexual activity.

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