Robert Hastings agrees to guilty plea for child porn

ALBANY – A Mayfield man is expected to be sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for federal child pornography charges according to the details of a plea agreement.

Robert Hastings, 24, of 171 Yates Road was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 10, 2014 with charges of production of child pornography, possession of child pornography and receiving child pornography.

According to the U.S. District Court Northern District of New York Clerk’s Office the change of plea hearing occurred on July 26.

According to the plea agreement signed July 15 by Hastings and his attorney Paul Evangelista and by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean O’Dowd on July 26, the agreement states Hastings would plead guilty to two charges: receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography.

Asst. U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett said the agreed upon disposition by both parties in 12 years imprisonment. Hastings would also have a lifetime supervised release.

The receipt charge carries a 20-year prison sentence with a mandatory minimum of 5 years. The possession charge carries a 20-year prison sentence, with no minimum.

The filing does not make it clear if the prison terms would be concurrent. Hastings is expected to pay $2,000 to one victim with potential restitution paid to other victims.

Hastings would forfeit a number of items including a computer.

Hastings is also expected to be required to register as a sex offender. Hastings also waives the right to appeal in this case.

The government has agreed to dismiss the charge of production of child pornography.

Hastings and his brother, Richard Hastings, 20, were charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office with production of child pornography and possession of child pornography.

Richard Hastings pleaded guilty in February 2015 to both counts in federal court. He was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison in July 2015 and is incarcerated at Allenwood Low Security Federal Correctional Institution in Pennsylvania.

Court records state Robert Hastings knowingly received five computer files and eight still images containing child pornography between July 21, 2013 and Aug. 8, 2013. Hastings also produced a pornographic video of a child prior to Aug. 8, 2013.

On Aug. 8, 2013, officers searched the brothers’ Mayfield residence and seized a computer, which contained the images in question, authorities said.

Hastings is expected to be sentenced on Nov. 22 at 9 a.m. in U.S. District Court Northern District of New York in Albany.

Judge Gary L. Sharpe will determine if the sentence is appropriate during the sentencing phase.

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