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Brothers arrested on child porn charges in federal court Friday

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ALBANY, N.Y. – One of the two Mayfield brothers arrested for child pornography charges had a detention hearing in federal court Friday, the other hearing has been continued until Monday.

Richard Hastings, 18, appeared in federal court for his detention hearing Friday afternoon and the judge ruled he should remain in county jail. The hearing for Robert Hastings, 21, was pushed off until Monday at 2 p.m.

During the hearing for Richard, the government asked the judge to keep him detained, explaining that in a statement to authorities he admitted to the crimes. According to officials, he allegedly called himself a "monster" and said he was "on a rampage and couldnt stop himself." The government said he was a danger to the community and a flight risk. His attorney pointed out he had no criminal history and close ties to the community, but in the end, the judge decided to detain Richard.

New York State Police, Dept. of Homeland Security, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raided the brothers home on Yates Road Thursday. They were charged with production of child pornography.

U.S. Attorneys said that between July 27 and July 29, Richard Hastings produced sexually explicit photographs of a 7-year-old girl and posted those pictures on a Web site. He also unknowingly e-mailed the pictures to an undercover investigator in Australia.

Robert Hastings is accused of producing a sexually explicit video of the same child on August 2.

If the brothers are found guilty of the charges, they face 15-30 years of imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000.

The case is being investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the New York State Police. The Fulton County District Attorney says she is working with state police, and that state charges could be filed in the future.

 

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