ALBANY, N.Y. – A Massachusetts man is accused of enticing a 10-year-old Albany County child to create sexually explicit videos of him and send those videos via e-mail.
According to United States Attorney Richard Hartunian, 21-year-old Brian Belanger was arrested on Friday.
The Worcester, Massachusetts man is accused of using the nickname “zombieshadow” and meeting a child online through Playstation 3. Belanger allegedly told the child that someone was trying to kill Belanger and that the child could help if he would e-mail sexually explicit videos of himself.
Belanger is accused of directing the child what to do in the videos. Hartunian says that over the course of three months, the child e-mailed Belander a number of video files in e-mails that “depict the child engaged in sexually explicit conduct.”
Authorities were notified of the incidents on January 25, when the child's father found the e-mails and videos on the child's iPad.
An investigation left to Belanger's arrest in his Worcester home. He appeared in United States District Court in Albany on Friday afternoon. He was sent to jail pending a detention hearing scheduled Monday.
Belanger faces a mandatory minimum sentencing of 15 years in State Prison, and a maximum penalty of 30 years. He could also be fined up to $250,000, and a required term supervised release of at least five years or up to life. If convicted, he would also register as a sex offender.
Anyone in the Albany area with information or concerns regarding this case should call either (518) 431-0247 or 1-(888) 539-4535.
The investigation into this case involved the Colonie New York Police Department; the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Albany Division; the New York State Police; the Worcester Massachusetts Police Department; and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.