Bath man, already a registered offender, charged in child porn case
A 34-year-old Bath man, Charles Augrom III, was charged Tuesday with receipt and distribution of child pornography.
The charges carry a minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 20 years, and a $250,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle P. Rossi, who is handling the case, said according to the criminal complaint, in July 2020 an undercover law enforcement officer was investigating individuals who use Peer to Peer file sharing applications to share child pornography over the internet.
During the undercover session, the officer downloaded numerous pictures and videos of child pornography that traced back to an IP address belonging to Augrom, officials said. 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.
On Dec. 10, 2020, investigators executed a search warrant at Augrom’s William Street residence and seized a cellular telephone, officials said. The SD card from the phone contained approximately 250 video and image files depicting child pornography.
Rossi said Augrom is a Level III registered sex offender in New York state, following two prior state-level child pornography convictions.
Augrom made an initial appearance Tuesday afternoon before the U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark J. Pedersen, and is being held in jail pending a detention hearing scheduled for January 11, Rossi said.
The criminal complaint is the result of an investigation by the Corning Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.