Augrom

ROCHESTER - A former Genesee County resident with two previous child pornography convictions has been arrested on federal child porn charges.

Charles Augrom III, 34, of Bath, Steuben County was arrested Tuesday and charged with receipt and distribution of child pornography. The charges carry a mandatory minimum federal prison term of five years and a maximum of 20 years and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle P. Rossi said an undercover law enforcement officer was investigating people using Peer to Peer file sharing applications in July.

The officer downloaded numerous photographs and videos of child pornography and traced the content to an IP address belonging to Augrom.

Some of the images and video showed children younger than 12 engaged in sex with adults and depictions of sexual violence.

Federal investigators raided Augrom’s residence on William Street in Bath on Dec. 10 and seized a cellular phone.

Rossi said the SD card in the phone contained about 250 videos and images depicting child porn.

Augrom, who lived in Batavia when he was a teenager, is a Level 3, the most severe, offender on the New York State Sex Offender Registry.

He has two previous child porn convictions.

In 2007 he was arrested by village of Bath police and charged with promoting a sexual performance by a child. He was convicted and sentenced to two years and six months to six years in state prison.

He was released, violated parole and was return to prison in January 2012 and released again in October 2012.

Augrom was arrested again in 2018 after a state police investigation revealed he was promoting child porn through the internet.

He was later convicted but was not sentenced to state prison. He did, however, received “predicate sex offender” status on the state registry.

That same year he also was arrested and charged with failing to notify the sex offender registry of an address change. The outcome of that case was not available.

Augrom is being detained at a federal facility on the latest charges. He has to appear again in U.S. District Court Monday.

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