East Greenbush Man Sentenced to Six Years in Prison for Child Pornography Offenses
ALBANY, NY—Howard Eugene Hazelton II, age 63, of East Greenbush, was sentenced today to serve 72 months in prison for distribution, receipt, and possession of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Andrew W. Vale, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
In May, Hazelton pleaded guilty to an eight-count indictment, consisting of two counts of distribution of child pornography, one count of receipt of child pornography, and five counts of possession of child pornography.
U.S. District Court Judge Thomas J. McAvoy also sentenced Hazelton to 15 years of supervised release, to begin following his term of imprisonment, and to pay $2,500 to a child pornography victim.
Hazelton was prosecuted after he used the Internet to distribute child pornography to undercover officers of the Saratoga Springs and Colonie Police Departments. Subsequently, the FBI executed a search warrant on Hazelton’s home and seized electronic devices that contained sexually explicit images and videos of minors.
This case was investigated by the FBI, the Saratoga Springs Police Department and the Colonie Police Department, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Emily T. Farber and former Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Cox.