Man facing more charges
MAYFIELD – A man accused of producing child pornography is facing more charges, state police said.
Richard Hastings, 18, of 171 Yates Road, was charged Sept. 24 with counts of first-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.
Both Richard and his brother, Robert Hastings, 21, were charged in?August by federal authorities with producing child pornography.
Authorities said 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 to an undercover investigator with Queensland Police Services in Australia.
Sean O’Dowd, assistant U.S. attorney and prosecutor of the case, said the brothers knew the 7-year-old victim. O’Dowd said Richard Hastings confessed to touching the victim.
The brothers, who live together, had their initial court appearances in Albany in August. Richard Hastings was denied bail, and was placed in the custody of U.S. Marshals. Robert Hastings was allowed to stay with his mother in Mayfield while he awaits trial.
However, O’Dowd appealed that decision.
On Sept. 4, the U.S. District Attorney’s Northern Office filed an affidavit in support of the motion to review and revoke Robert Hastings’ order of release.
According to the affidavit, an assessment of the victim by a therapist at the Fulton County Child Advocacy Center revealed the victim told the therapist the Hastings brothers touched her private area.
The appeal of Robert?Hastings’ order of release has not been decided on yet, according to Elizabeth Coombe, U.S. Department of Justice spokeswoman.
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