Rensselaer man pleads guilty to distributing and receiving child pornography

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10)– Officials say 63-year-old Howard Hazelton of Rensselaer pled guilty Monday to distribution, receipt and possession of child pornography.

As part of his guilty plea, Hazelton admitted he knowingly distributed and received child pornography between August and September of 2013. He also admitted he knowingly possessed child pornography involving prepubescent minors and minors who had not attained 12 years of age in November 2013.

Hazelton will be sentenced in August and faces five to 20 years in prison. He also faces a maximum fine of $250,000 and mandatory registration as a sex offender.

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