Posted at: 08/09/2013 5:35 PM
By: Bill Lambdin
TROY - The federal prosecutor detailed more information about charges against the Hastings brothers on Friday afternoon.
The two Mayfield men are accused of creating and distributing child pornography, victimizing a seven-year-old female relative in their home over a two-week period.
Richard Hasting's lawyer described the 18-year-old as mild and gentle.
Hastings appeared to cry quietly when the magistrate ruled against releasing him on bail Friday afternoon. For Richard and Robert Hastings, it was back to the Rensselaer County Jail.
Robert, 21, the smaller of the two brothers, requested his detention hearing be delayed until Monday.
For Richard Hastings, his attorney argued there was no evidence of risk of flight, that computers had been taken out of his Yates Road Mayfield home and the seven-year-old female victim had been removed.
His attorney said his client was certainly scared and if he were out on home detention, he could begin getting the help he needs
The federal prosecutor strongly opposed the bail request.
He told the court that Richard Hastings was sleeping with the young victim when agents arrived Thursday and had repeatedly touched her private area in the two weeks before. The prosecutor argued the weight of evidence was overwhelming, including a detailed statement from Richard Hastings after he had received his Miranda warning.
That statement indicated the high school dropout described himself as a monster on a rampage who could not stop. The prosecutor claimed the brothers had used anonymizing software to try to hide their identities while dealing in the porn. Reaction in the neighborhood.
Hastings mother was in the courtroom during the detention hearing. She left without responding to our questions.
Prosecutors say the two Hastings brothers lived in the home with a third brother who has Spina Bifida. He has not been charged.
Neither has the mother, whom the government and neighbors say also lives in the same home.