Brothers arrested on child porn charges in Mayfield

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MAYFIELD, N.Y. – Two brothers in Mayfield are facing federal child
pornography charges.

Officials have charged Richard Hastings, 21 and Robert Hastings, 18, with
production of child pornography in federal court in Albany on Thursday.

U.S. attorneys say that between July 27th and 29th, Richard
Hastings produced sexually explicit photographs of a 7-year-old child and posted
some of those photographs on a website, also emailing some of them to an
undercover investigator with Australian Police. Robert Hastings is accused of producing
a sexually explicit video of the child on August 2nd.

New York State Police, Dept. of Homeland Security, and Immigration and
Customs Enforcement agents raided their home on Yates Road Thursday.

The brothers have a bail hearing on Friday at 1:30 p.m. If found guilty of
the charges, they face a minimum of at least fifteen years of imprisonment and up
to a maximum sentence of thirty years of imprisonment, and a maximum fine of
$250,000.

This case is being investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the
New York State Police.

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