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Mayfield teen in custody on child porn charges now accused of sex abuse

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FONDA, N.Y. - State Police in Fonda have now charged a Mayfield teen with sexual abuse two months after he was taken into custody suspected of producing child pornography.

Police have charged 18-year-old Richard Hastings with one count of Sexual Abuse in the First degree and one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child subsequent to a two month investigation in conjunction with Homeland Security.

Police say the incident happened at his Yates Avenue home in the town of Mayfield.

Hastings is currently incarcerated in the Rensselaer County Correctional Facility on unrelated charges.

Richard Hastings and his brother, 21-year-old Robert Hastings, were arrested in August for allegedly producing sexually explicit photographs of a 7-year-old girl and posting the pictures online.

During a federal detention hearing for Richard Hastings, prosecutors 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 couldn't stop himself." The government said he was a danger to the community and a flight risk.

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