Albion man pleads guilty to unlawful surveillance

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 October 2019 at 4:15 pm

ALBION – An Albion man facing up to 20 years in prison on federal child pornography charges pleaded guilty in Orleans County Court this morning to unlawful surveillance in the second degree.

Andrew Campbell, 33, faces 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison for the crime when he is sentenced on Jan. 16. That time will be served concurrently with the federal charge, where there will likely be a much longer sentence.

Campbell on Oct. 8 pleaded guilty in federal court to possession of child pornography. In that case, law enforcement did a forensic analysis of a desktop, laptop, and hard drive of Campbell’s that revealed more than 65 image files and more than 20 videos containing child pornography. Some of the images depicted the sexual abuse or exploitation of an infant or toddler, and other depictions of violence.

In the local case in County Court, Campbell admitted today to using an iPhone to record two girls without their consent.

He could also face a fine of up to $5,000 and $375 in court surcharges and fees.

• In another case, Dennis S. Biaselli, 45, of Albion was arraigned on felony driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation of motor vehicle.

He was charged after a car accident on Sept. 17, when he struck a utility pole on Zig Zag Road in Albion. He allegedly fled the scene but then returned to get his car.

Biaselli has two prior felonies and 11 prior misdemeanors, said District Attorney Joe Cardone.

He has been in jail since Sept. 19 with bail at $5,000. After Public Defender Joanne Best requested a reduction in bail, County Court Judge Sanford Church agreed to lower it to $3,000 cash or bond.

• A Medina man appeared in court for a bail hearing. Michael Harrison faces charges of grand larceny in the fourth degree and criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree. Harrison alleged stole someone’s wallet.

Judge Church agreed to release Harrison on his own recognizance.

• A former inmate in the Albion Correctional facility was arraigned on promoting prison contraband in the second degree. Stacey Haley of Massena in St. Lawrence County allegedly introduced Suboxone into the prison in August 2018. She has since been released from the women’s prison in Albion.

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