ALBANY, NEW YORK – Kevin J. Nugent, age 44, of Halfmoon, New York, was sentenced today to serve 120 months in prison for attempting to coerce and entice a minor to engage in sexual conduct with him. The announcement was made by United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Janeen DiGuiseppi, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
As part of his guilty plea, Nugent admitted that in August 2019 he exchanged multiple sexually explicit messages via an online social networking application with an undercover officer posing as a 14-year-old child, in an attempt to coerce and entice the child into having sex with him. Nugent further admitted that on August 27, 2019, he traveled to meet with the child at a location in Albany County. Nugent was arrested after arriving at the location, and has been in custody since that date.
United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino also imposed a 10-year term of supervised release, which will start after Nugent is released from prison. As a result of his conviction, Nugent will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.
This case was investigated by the FBI with assistance from the Colonie Police Department, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Emmet O’Hanlon as a part of Project Safe Childhood.
Launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, Project Safe Childhood is led by United States Attorney’s offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS). Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit https://www.justice.gov/psc.