Posted on Thursday, May 9th, 2019 at 12:00 am
Dexter, NY (May 8, 2019) – Following a thorough investigation, two search warrants were executed on Tuesday, May 7th, which resulted in the arrest of a man wanted for possessing, promoting, and distributing child pornography. According to police, Gerald W. MacNeil, 55, has been charged with three counts of promoting a sexual performance by a child, as well as two counts of possessing a sexual performance by a child. Both charges are felonies.
Authorities stated that the arrest came after a joint investigation conducted by the InternetGerald W. MacNeil Crimes Against Children Task Force, which is made up of the NYS Police and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations Division. The investigation revealed that MacNeil had been using computers and software at both a business and a residence to distribute and possess child pornography.
Videos and images of children, ranging in age from toddlers to under 16-years-old, engaging in sexual conduct were discovered. MacNeil has been taken to Jefferson County Jail on $10,000 bond or $5,000 cash bail. Further charges are currently pending as the investigation continues at this time.
New York Child Victim’s Act
First and foremost, we would like to express our deepest sympathies for the numerous victims of child pornography who are tragically exploited every day. In cases involving children, it is important for family members and victims to understand that the recently drafted New York Child Victim’s Act allows victims time to make an attempt at healing before taking legal action. At Hach & Rose, we are fixed in our drive to hold those who commit sexual offenses accountable for their inexcusable actions, and we believe that every victim deserves the most compassionate representation possible.
Sexual abuse in New York sadly occurs all too often, and we are devoted to helping the victims of such horrific acts. Our sympathetic sexual abuse attorneys recognize the severe trauma that so many victims have been forced to bear, and we are here for you 24/7 to answer any questions you may have at this time. If you or a loved one has been the victim of child sexual abuse, please do not hesitate to call us at 212-779-0057 today.
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