Bath man, a registered sex offender already, pleads guilty to federal child porn charge

Jeff Smith
The Leader

A 35-year-old Bath man pleaded guilty Monday to possession of child pornography after FBI agents reportedly caught him using online file-sharing applications to share child pornography over the internet. 

Charles Augrom III, already a level III registered sex offender in New York state with two prior state-level child pornography convictions, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford.

The charge carries a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, with a maximum of 20 years, a $250,000 fine and a lifetime period of supervised release. 

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Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle P. Rossi, who is handling the case, said in July 2020, an undercover law enforcement officer downloaded numerous pictures and videos of child pornography that traced back to an IP address belonging to Augrom. 

Some of the images and videos included children younger than 12 years old engaged in sexual conduct with adults, as well as depictions of violence, prosecutors said.

Rossi said on Dec. 10, 2020, investigators executed a search warrant at Augrom’s William Street residence and seized electronic devices, later found to contain more than 600 images of child pornography.   

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Corning Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Rossi said. Sentencing is scheduled for July 21.