Man in custody facing new child pornography charge

By NEWSChannel 2 Staff

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (WKTV) - A New Hartford man already in custody for numerous charges involving child pornography is now facing a new charge.

Authorities say William J. Potoczny, 59, of New Hartford has been charged with one count of possessing a sexual performance (images) by a child after a joint investigation between the New Hartford Police-Computer Crimes Unit; the New York State Police-Computer Crimes Unit; and the Bergen County Prosecutor Office in New Jersey.

Potoczny was already in custody in New Jersey for aggravated sexual assault, attempt to endanger the welfare of a minor "by attempting to manufacture child pornography by attempting to debauch the morals of a child," and attempting to transmit obscenity to a child and endangering the welfare of a child by transmitting child pornography.

He was arrested without incident after the investigation that revealed that Potoczny was chatting with a person he thought was the parent of a six-year-old girl, according to Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli.

Potoczny is the owner of Weather Tite Fencing in New Hartford.

During what officials call a "sexually explicit chat," Potoczny allegedly said he wanted to engage in sex activities with the child and explain what acts he wanted to perform, including videotaping and photographing the interaction.

Potoczny also sent pornographic videos to the parent and instructed the parent to have the child view them, according to Molinelli.

Investigators executed a search warrant at Potoczny's residence on February 13, seizing his computer, digital cameras, and other related material.

Police said Potoczny's computer was subsequently examined at the Utica College Computer Crime Lab where numerous images of children engaged in sexual acts were found on its hard drive.

He was arraigned in the Town of New Hartford court and released after posting a $10,000 bail bond.

Potoczny will be reappearing in the town court on Thursday, March 7 at 1 p.m.

Authorities said analysis of his computer is ongoing and additional charges may be filed.

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