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Baldwinsville teen charged for possession of child pornography

BALDWINSILLVE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - A Baldwinsville teen is facing felony charges for allegedly possessing and promoting child pornography.

State Police say 18-year-old Richard F. Curtis had images of a child under the age of 10 on his cell phone, engaged in sexual acts. 

He is also accused of uploading an image of a child under the age of 10, engaged in sexual conduct, to a fake Facebook page.

Trooper Jack Keller says the arrested was sparked by a cyber tip to a task force that works with the FBI.

"Through that investigation, we've learned more information and I can't get into specific details. However, we believe that there may be more charges filed," Keller says.

Curtis has already been charged with three counts of possession of a sexual performance of by a child and one count of promoting the sexual performance of a child. 

State Police say Curtis had been a member of the Moyers Corners Fire Department.

Fire Chief Frank Crispin said he was notified about the investigation on Thursday and has cooperated fully with police to share any information they may need.

"Richard F. Curtis has been suspended from the fire department, pending the outcome of the investigation," said Chief Crispin. "Our primary job is to help people and this is a difficult situation for us. "

Curtis was arraigned in the Town of Clay and sent to the Onondaga County Justice Center on $2,000 cash/bond. 
 
Anyone with information about the case can contact Investigator Thomas Quilter through the Lysander barracks at 315-638-8651.


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