Thursday, January 2, 2014

Child Pornography On Computer Draws Disbarment

The New York Appellate Division for the Fourth Judicial Department has disbarred an attorney convicted of a sex offense involving images on his computers. had this report of the conviction

A local attorney who is well-known for his television commercials will spend time in prison after admitting he had child pornography on his computers.

 CNY Central's Jim Kenyon reports Martin J. Rothschild was in Onondaga County Court Tuesday morning, where he pleaded guilty to the charge of promoting the sexual performance of a child. According to the plea agreement, Rothschild will serve three years in state prison and three years probation once he is released.

 Rothschild will also have to register as a sex offender and give up his law practice.

 Speaking before Judge Anthony Aloi, Rothschild admitted having images of child pornography on his computers. He told the court, "I didn’t create the images in any way shape or form, they were on my computer."

At a news conference following Rothschild’s court appearance, Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick revealed that while Rothschild pleaded guilty to one count of possessing child porn, there was evidence that there were as many as 30 images of children performing sexual acts on Rothschild’s home and office computers.

 "He advertises as fighting for people’s rights, but that doesn’t include rights of young children," said Fitzpatrick.

 Fitzpatrick said the images involved prepubescent children engaging in sexual acts with adults.

 State Police Captain Mark Lincoln said, "These are not just pictures. Every image shows a child being victimized."

 Fitzpatrick said there is no evidence that Rothschild was disseminating the child pornography, but that he "was using it for his own gratification." There was no allegation from the district attorney’s office or police that he acted upon those images with a child.

 Rothschild’s wife was in the courtroom for the plea. He also has two children.

In late February, police raided the Martin J. Rothschild Law Office on Bridge Street in East Syracuse and at Rothschild's home on Armstrong Road in Manlius. Fitzpatrick previously told CNY Central that computers were seized from both locations in the searches.

Rothschild is scheduled to be sentenced on June 20. Bail was set at $100,000, which Rothschild posted Thursday afternoon. The district attorney’s office originally asked for Rothschild to be held without bail.

(Mike Frisch)

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