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Robert Fitzgerald, 83, of Waverly, faces a sentence of up to 20 years in prison after his guilty plea. Sentencing has been set for June 9, in Albany before Chief U.S. District Judge Glenn Suddaby. (Dreamstime/TNS)

WAVERLY — A Waverly man pled guilty to possessing child pornography, Wednesday.

Robert Fitzgerald, 83, of Waverly, faces a sentence of up to 20 years in prison after his guilty plea, according to a Department of Justice press release, from the office of Acting U.S. Attorney Antoinette Bacon.

Sentencing has been set for June 9, in Albany before Chief U.S. District Judge Glenn Suddaby, according to the press release.

In his plea, Fitzgerald admitted that between February and April 2018, he engaged in sexually explicit conduct with a minor, video recording the conduct, and possessing these videos after his arrest in August 2019, according to the press release.

The press release states that in addition to up to 20 years in prison, Fitzgerald faces a fine of $250,000, and a term of supervised release of at least five years, and up to life.

Fitzgerald will be required to register as a sex offender and his sentence will be imposed by a judge based on the particular statute he is charged with violating, under U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, in addition to other factors, according to the press release.

The announcement of Fitzgerald’s plea came from the Department of Justice’s Northern District of New York and the Buffalo Field Office of Homeland Security Investigations.

Fitzgerald’s case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and state police, according to the press release, which states the case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Shira Hoffman and Katherine Kopita.

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