39-year old Alberto Randazzo, who was a 15-year veteran of the NYPD’s Midtown North Precinct, ended his career as a sergeant in disgrace.
Randazzo used online dating websites like Match.com and Ashley Madison to meet women that he would then manipulate into sexually abusing children. The victims ranged in age from a few months to eight years old. He pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to sexually exploit a child and one count of receipt of child pornography. Each charge brings a minimum of 15 years in prison. He manipulated at least five women–some the children’s own mothers–into sexually abusing children.
It’s also been found that Randazzo traveled at least twice to hotel rooms, hoping to watch the abuse up close.
Randazzo’s sickening behavior even included downloading 30 videos of child pornography while out on bail, which is what led to the federal charges. He was first arrested on state charges for having 23 photos of the children involved in lewd acts. Some were as young as one year old. One woman involved is a 44-year old from Colorado, Keira Norton, who molested her one-year old. Another is Jenny Lemay, a 52-year old grandmother who drugged and molested an eight-year old during Skype sessions. She admitted to administering Ambien, melatonin, Benadryl and Nyquil to the child so he would not recall being molested.
However, Federal Judge Pamela Chen criticized the federal guidelines of 80 years as “too severe” but referred to Randazzo’s crimes as “heinous and depraved.” She was heard sighing as she shortened his sentence to 28 years. She noted that Randazzo’s public service “had to mean something” while adding that “he should’ve known better.”
Personally, I would like to see a life sentence for every person he injured, with no parole. As someone who has spent time in a state prison, I assure you justice will be served in place of a judge who deems the proper punishment to be “too severe.”
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