ALBANY, NEW YORK –Randy Eignor, age 49, of Rotterdam, New York, appeared yesterday in federal court on a charge that he attempted to entice a minor into sexual activity.
The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and James N. Hendricks, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
According to the criminal complaint, Eignor, attempted to entice and coerce an individual, whom he believed to be a 12-year-old girl, to engage in sex. After days of sexually explicit text messages with the person whom he believed to be a 12-year-old girl, Eignor arranged to meet in Colonie, where Eignor was confronted by law enforcement.
The charges in the complaint are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted, Eignor faces at least 10 years and up to life in prison, a term of post-release supervision of at least 5 years and up to life, and a fine of up to $250,000. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and other factors. Additionally, if convicted, Eignor would be required to register as a sex offender.
Eignor appeared today before United States Magistrate Judge Christian F. Hummel, who ordered him detained pending trial.
Anyone with information relevant to this investigation may contact the FBI’s Albany Field Office at (518) 431-4866.
This case is being investigated by the FBI and its Child Exploitation Task Force, which includes members of state and local law enforcement agencies, including the New York State Police and the Colonie Police Department, and the Rotterdam Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua R. Rosenthal.
This case is being prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood. Launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, Project Safe Childhood is led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit https://www.justice.gov/psc.