ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A New York man who authorities say wrote a letter expressing his love for a 9-year-old autistic boy he was hired to baby-sit has been sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for having child pornography.
Federal prosecutors in Rochester say the boy's parents fired 26-year-old Joseph Lamica, of Brighton, after discovered he was engaging in inappropriate behavior with their son.
The Churchville-Chili (CHYE'-lye) Central School District then barred Lamica from school grounds after he allegedly went to the boy's school with the love letter.
Authorities say they later found notebooks filled with writings about his interest in young children, as well as child pornography and video of another child he babysat.
Lamica pleaded guilty to receipt of child pornography. He was sentenced Thursday. His lawyer says he deeply regrets his conduct.