Group home worker's sex abuse case upheld

By Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's highest court has upheld the sex assault conviction of a group home worker, concluding his rights against illegal search weren't violated when police belatedly found a deleted video from his digital camera after he asked for it back.

The Court of Appeals says the 2009 search warrant for Stephen DeProspero's computer and cameras remained in effect a year after it was issued and months after he was convicted of possessing child pornography.

The video, which state police didn't find on an initial examination that turned up one child porn image, shows him molesting a boy at the state-run group home in the Utica area.

DeProspero, who's serving an 18-year sentence in Attica state prison, was later convicted in federal court of producing child pornography and faces a 40-year sentence.

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