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Date: 11-30-2022

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United States of America v. Lawrence Belcher

Case Number: 1:22-cr-00249

Judge: Brenda K. Sannes

Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of New York (Albany County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office

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Description: Albany, New York criminal law lawyer represented Defendant charged with attempting to coerce and entice a child to engage in sexual acts with him.

Lawrence Belcher, age 37, of Troy, New York, admitted that between January and April 2022, he sent sexually explicit text messages to someone he believed to be a 13-year-old boy. Belcher asked to meet the child in person in order to engage in sexual acts with the child in his car. On April 14, 2022, Belcher traveled to a motel parking lot in Schenectady County in order to meet and have sex with the child. Belcher was encountered by law enforcement upon his arrival and arrested; he has been in custody since April 14.

Belcher has a prior misdemeanor conviction for sexually abusing a child younger than 14 years old, and was a registered sex offender at the time of his arrest in April. He also has two misdemeanor convictions for failing to comply with New York State sex offender registry requirements.

Chief United States District Judge Brenda K. Sannes also imposed a 15-year term of supervised release to begin after Belcher is released from prison. Belcher will also have to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.

This case was investigated by the FBI and its Child Exploitation Task Force, which includes FBI Special Agents and members of state and local law enforcement agencies, including the Rotterdam and Colonie Police Departments. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael Barnett as part of Project Safe Childhood.

18 U.S.C. § 2422(b) - Attempted Coercion and Enticement of a Minor with Forfeiture Allegation

Outcome: Defendant is committed to the custody of the BOP for a period of 188 months with a term of supervised release for a period of 15 years. Standard and special conditions apply as stated on the record. Defendant is to be housed at a facility as close as possible to Virginia Beach, VA. No fine is imposed. A special assessment of $100 is due and payable immediately.

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