Robert McLaughlin Sentenced for Production of Child Pornography
ALBANY, NY—Robert V. McLaughlin, age 58, of Mechanicville, New York, was sentenced today by the Honorable Mae A. D’Agostino to 720 months in federal prison followed by a lifetime term of supervised release, 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. The sentence follows McLaughlin’s guilty plea on November 13, 2014 to two counts of production of child pornography.
The evidence supporting this conviction included McLaughlin’s admission that between 2012 and 2014, he engaged in sexually explicit conduct with two young girls for the purpose of producing visual depictions of that abuse, and that he produced such depictions. In discussing the seriousness of the offenses, which involved the deliberate grooming of two innocent children, Judge D’Agostino noted that to describe McLaughlin’s actions as “disturbing” would be an understatement. The Judge went on to note that the public must be protected from McLaughlin’s predatory behavior.
This prosecution resulted from an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New York State Police. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lisa M. Fletcher and Special Assistant United States Attorney Amanda W. Cox.