Schenectady Man Sentenced for Distributing Child Pornography
ALBANY, NY—Adam Rey Gonzalez, 28, of Schenectady, New York, was sentenced yesterday by the Honorable Thomas J. McAvoy to 220 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 Gonzalez’s April 14, 2015 guilty plea to distribution of child pornography.
“The distribution of child pornography perpetuates the sexual exploitation of the children depicted in such images, re-victimizing them over and over again,” said United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian. “My office will continue to work diligently with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to uncover and punish those who distribute such unspeakable images.”
“Today’s sentencing reflects the commitment of the FBI to apprehend and bring to justice those who commit crimes against children,” said Special Agent-in-Charge Andrew W. Vale. “Child pornography is not a victimless crime, and we are committed to protecting our children from sexual predators such as Mr. Gonzalez.”
Gonzalez, who has two prior convictions for sexual offenses, including the sexual abuse of a minor, was a registered sex offender when federal agents identified him as a prolific online trader of child pornography known as “Redart-yob.” Federal agents searched Gonzalez’s Schenectady home and located a hidden computer that contained a large collection of child pornography, primarily focused on the sexual abuse of young boys. At today’s sentencing hearing, Judge McAvoy described the materials Gonzalez traded as “horrific” and said that victims of child pornography “have their lives stolen from them.” Gonzalez was ordered to pay $12,000 in restitution to a victim.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Albany Division and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Wayne A. Myers and Emily Farber, and Special Assistant United States Attorney Amanda Cox.