Thursday, January 17, 2019




Highland Falls man convicted of possessing sexual performance by child


GOSHEN – A Highland Falls man was found guilty in Orange County Court on eight felony counts of possessing a sexual performance of a child.

Jesus Rottela, 55, faces 1 1/3 to four years in state prison on each of the eight counts, which by law may run consecutively.

During the trial, prosecutors argued Rottela had repeatedly downloaded video images of children engaged in sexual activity on both his own computer and one belonging to a church which operated a parsonage where Rottela was living. On January 30, 2018, State Police executed a search warrant at the parsonage and recovered the computers containing the videos.

Prosecuted argued the evidence showed that Rottela, who performed odd jobs in the parsonage in lieu of paying rent, was the only person in the parsonage who possessed the pornographic videos of children.


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