A teacher who was a candidate for mayor in a New York village is sentenced for child pornography

Charles Hustis III, former elected official and substitute teacher who in 2019 ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Cold Spring (NY), He was sentenced to 5 years in prison and 7 more years of supervised release, for trying to lure an underage former student to participate in sexual activities.

The Putnam County resident, who was also a Cold Spring city board member, was arrested by the fbi in December 2019 and He had pleaded guilty to attempted receipt of child pornography from that former student.

Audrey Strauss, attorney for the Southern District of New York, said that between December 8 and December 16, 2019, Hustis, who was then 36 years old, communicated through Facebook Messenger with a 16-year-old. During these communications, the adult sent his victim sexually explicit photos, trying to arrange a meeting to be intimate.

Prosecutor Strauss said Hustis repeatedly requested pornographic photos of his victim while hosting a meeting, which were intercepted by police investigators. He was arrested on December 16, 2019 at the place where he had agreed to meet the teenager, with the intention of going from there to his apartment.

Hustis graduated from Haldane High School and worked in that school district for six years until 2016. According to reports, he taught his potential victim while serving as a substitute teacher.

“Charles Hustis used his social media account to persuade a minor victim and former student to meet with him and engage in sexual acts,” said Strauss, the prosecutor. “In doing so, Charles Hustis repeatedly requested pornographic images of the victim.

“It is predatory behavior was a betrayal of trust that the Cold Spring community deposited in Charles Hustis, both as a former teacher and as a public official,” added Strauss, quoted by Daily Voice.