Mayfield brothers accused of producing child pornography

ALBANY – Two Mayfield brothers were charged Thursday with producing child pornography.

Richard Hastings, 21, and Robert Hastings, 18, produced child pornography involving a 7-year-old child, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

According to complaints, between July 27 and 29, Richard Hastings produced sexually explicit photographs of the child and posted some of them on a website and emailed some of them to an undercover investigator with Queensland Police Services in Australia, the news release said.

On Aug. 2, the news release said, Robert Hastings produced a sexually explicit video of the child, according to complaints.

The brothers, who live together, had their initial court appearances in Albany on Thursday before U.S. Magistrate

Judge Randolph F. Treece, and both defendants were detained, the news release said. The two will have detention hearings Friday.

If found guilty of production of child pornography, each of the defendants would face a minimum of 15 years in prison and up to a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, and a maximum fine of $250,000, the news release said.

The charges were announced by U.S. Attorney Richard S. Hartunian, Matthew Scarpino, resident agent in charge for Homeland Security Investigations, and Capt. Timothy Munro of state police Troop G, Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

The case is being investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the state police. The case is being prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Sean O’Dowd.

More on this story will appear in Friday’s print and online editions.

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