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BREAKING NEWS

Brothers face federal indictment

ALBANY – Two Mayfield men previously accused of producing child pornography now have been indicted on federal charges.

Richard Hastings and Robert Hastings, both of 171 Yates Road in Mayfield, were indicted Thursday by a grand jury in U.S. District Court in Albany on charges of production of child pornography and possession of child pornography. Robert Hastings also was indicted on a charge of receipt of child pornography.

According to the indictment, between June and August 2013, the brothers knowingly coerced a minor to commit sexually explicit acts while recording with a video camera. The brothers then sent the video to others, according to the indictment. The brothers also had child pornography on a Dell Inspiron laptop, according to the indictment.

Robert Hastings, 22 at the time of his arrest last August, also knowingly received child pornography, downloading graphic video files of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according to the indictment.

The brothers were charged in August with producing child pornography. Agents found Richard Hastings in the same bed as a 7-year-old girl, according to the criminal complaint. At a detention hearing the next day, U.S. Magistrate Judge Randolph F. Treece ordered Richard Hastings into the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

According to authorities, between July 27 and 29, Richard Hastings, 18 at the time of his arrest last August, produced sexually explicit photographs of a child, posted some of them on a website and emailed some to an undercover investigator with Queensland Police Services in Australia.

Richard Hastings also faces charges in Fulton County. He was arraigned Sept. 24 on charges of first-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.

The brothers are being held in the Rensselaer County Jail in Troy.

Lee Greenstein, Richard Hastings’ attorney, said today no court date for his client has been set on either the federal or county charges.

Fulton County District Attorney Louise Sira could not be reached for comment today. Neither Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth C. Coombe nor Robert Hastings’ attorney, Paul Evangelista, could be reached for comment.

Arthur Cleveland can be reached at acleveland@leaderherald.com.