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Post date: April 8 2003

Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force

Attorney General Spitzer, State Police Superintendent James W. McMahon, and Director of Criminal Justice Services Chauncey G. Parker today announced that a Grand Jury has indicted a part-time Montgomery County Sheriff's deputy on three felony counts for attempting to lure a minor into a sexual relationship.

The defendant, William D. Hanrahan, 53, of Tribes Hill, was arraigned today before Montgomery County Court Judge Felix Catena. He was charged with one count of Possessing a Sexual Performance by a Child; and two counts of Attempted Disseminating Indecent Material to a Minor in the First Degree. All counts are class "E" felonies punishable by up to four years in state prison. Hanrahan pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released on his own recognizance.

According to the indictment, on August 27 and September 13, 2001, Hanrahan engaged in sexually graphic online chat with a person he believed to be a 14-year-old girl living in Tennessee. The child actually was an undercover police officer belonging to the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force in Knoxville, Tennessee. The indictment also charges that on March 21, 2002, Hanrahan possessed a sexually-oriented image of an under-age teen.

At the time of the alleged offenses, Hanrahan was a senior master sergeant in the Air National Guard, a part-time deputy for the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department, and a part-time security guard for St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam. After his arrest in March 2002, he resigned from St. Mary's Hospital. He is in an inactive duty status with the Sheriff's Department.

The case was prosecuted by the New York State ICAC Task Force. The task force is a joint effort of the Attorney General, the State Police and New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services. The investigation was conducted in cooperation with the ICAC Task Force of the Knoxville City Police Department.

The Attorney General and the Superintendent of the State Police acknowledged the assistance and cooperation of the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department, and St. Mary's Hospital.

The charges contained in the indictment are merely allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Nancy Snyder of the Albany office of the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau. Investigator Joe Donohue of the New York State Police aided in the investigation.