Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Prominent attorney Martin Rothschild has pleaded guilty to promoting a sexual performance by a child.
He could face up to seven years in prison; and will be sentenced to at least three years in prison.
He will also need to register as a sex offender.
Law enforcement agents were tipped off in August 2012 by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
In February, State Police and other law enforcement agents searched Rothschild's office and home.
Police were seen carrying computers and computer equipment out of the town of DeWitt attorney’s office on Bridge Street.
“The images that were downloaded – obviously I won’t go into the nature of them other than to say that they were prepubescent children performing sexual acts on adults – these are images of real children and some of them even can be identified,” District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick said.
According to the District Attorney's office, Rothschild had a program on his computer that made it difficult for them to access the files containing child pornography.
“Mr. Rothschild employed a sophisticated erasure program that made it difficult, but not impossible, to bring him to justice,” Fitzpatrick said.
They say there is no evidence that Rothschild disseminated the material to other people.
The DA says at least 30 images were on Rothschild's computers and his sentence could have been more severe had he not pleaded guilty on Thursday.
Rothschild is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.
He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 20.
His pending cases will be taken over by attorney John Cherundolo, who is an acting Supreme Court Justice.