Massachusetts Man Charged with Attempted Coercion and Enticement of Minors in Latham
ALBANY, NY—Albert Reardon, age 74, of North Adams, Massachusetts, was indicted today on charges of attempted coercion and enticement of a minor for prohibited sexual activity, 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.
Reardon faces at least 10 years and up to life in prison. He also faces a term of supervised release of at least five years and up to life, a fine of up to $250,000, and mandatory registration as a sex offender. Reardon was arrested in October on a criminal complaint. At that time he appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Christian F. Hummel, and was detained following a detention hearing on October 27.
According to the Complaint filed on October 22, Reardon posted online advertisements soliciting sexual encounters with a “teen” and “young” person. Following e-mail exchanges with a law enforcement officer acting undercover, Reardon travelled to Latham, New York, to meet at a prearranged time and place with persons he believed to be a 14-year-old boy and his 11-year-old brother.
The charges in the indictment and complaint are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
This case is being investigated by the Colonie Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Solomon B. Shinerock.
This case is prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/.