Albion man sentenced to 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison for unlawful surveillance

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 6 February 2020 at 8:55 pm

Time will be served with child pornography conviction

ALBION – An Albion man was sentenced to 1 1/3 to 4 years in state prison today, with the time to run concurrently with a federal child pornography conviction.

Andrew Campbell

Andrew Campbell, 33, on Jan. 29 was sentenced to 6 ½ years in prison by a federal judge for possession of child pornography.

Campbell also faced charges in Orleans County Court for unlawful surveillance in the second degree. Campbell admitted in court on Oct. 31 to using an iPhone to record two girls without their consent.

Today he was sentenced on that charge. The mother of one of the girls who was recorded asked County Court Judge Sanford Church to not have Campbell serve this sentence as part of the federal charge. She wanted additional time for Campbell in prison.

District Attorney Joe Cardone said his office coordinated the local case with federal prosecutors. Campbell pleaded to the top federal count, and received the 6 ½ year sentence, with Cardone saying the surveillance charge was likely a factor in the length of that sentence.

Cardone said Campbell’s crime has many “ripple effects” for the victims, who feel violated.

“The defendant’s conduct has had a tremendous impact,” Cardone said. “They will be impacted the rest of their lives.”

Campbell apologized to the two girls in court today, and also to the mother of one of the victims.

“My client is remorseful and apologizes for that and wishes he could change things,” said his attorney, Michael O’Keefe.

Campbell was living in Albion and recently relocated to North Carolina and was to enroll in a sex offender program, O’Keefe said.

“He has admitted his guilt,” O’Keefe said. “He is willing to treat his problems. It won’t happen again. He is glad he got caught so he can treat his problem.”

One of the girls videotaped by Campbell spoke in court and gave a tearful response on the pain and betrayal she feels from the crime.

Her mother said the violation has damaged the family, including her daughter’s siblings.

The mother said not adding more time to the sentence felt like another victimization for the two girls.

“He is receiving no consequence for the crime against these girls,” she said.

The mother didn’t want a plea deal in the case and said her daughter was willing to testify at trial.

She blamed Campbell for being a predator.

“He is an arrogant, selfish and deceitful person,” the mother said.

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