An Auburn man who served nearly two years in prison for downloading child pornography has been deemed a level 3 sex offender with a high risk to re-offend.
Shane Cardinale, of 254 State St., pleaded guilty in April 2015 to one felony count of promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child. At the time, he admitted to downloading child pornography from a file-sharing program in December 2014.
Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann said the video depicted an adult male raping a child younger than 10. In addition, Budelmann said a New York State Police investigation revealed that Cardinale had exchanged child pornography with other sex offenders “on and off” for around three years and had more than 3,000 images depicting child pornography and erotica on his computer.