CAPITAL DISTRICT A 20-year-old Albany man who spent time working at several elementary school afterschool programs and volunteered at the William K. Sanford Library was arrested on child pornography charges on Thursday, May 3.
Brian K. Oatman-Gaitan of 6 Crammond St. in Albany was charged with one count of possessing a sexual performance by a child, a felony, and was remanded to Albany County Jail without bail, according to Colonie police.
The arrest stems from a monthlong investigation carried out by Colonie police, Albany County District Attorney’s Office and New York State Police Computer Crimes Unit, which culminated in the execution of a search warrant at Oatman-Gaitan’s residence Thursday. Police said several computers and media storage devices were recovered that contained child pornography and the devices are in the process of being examined.
Lt. Robert Winn of the Colonie Police Department said it would take time for the Computer Crimes Unit to comb through the seized devices but said they contained “quite a large quantity” of both video and still photo child pornography.
Winn said the police department was tipped off by an acquaintance of Oatman-Gaitman who had conversations and online contact with him that referenced child pornography images.
“That person became concerned, notified our agency, as a result of that we began an investigation,” said Winn.
Winn said the subjects in the images were of elementary school age but so far none of the children appear to be local.
“If we discover images of local people the investigation will shift to identify them but all the stuff we’ve seen so far has been downloaded from the internet; mostly overseas, commercially produced,” said Winn.
Oatman-Gaitan was employed by the Colonie Youth Center where he worked at afterschool programs at Southgate School, Loudonville School and Saddlewood School. He was fired in January for reason not related to the investigation, said police. He also volunteered at the library during anime classes. Police said the investigation revealed Oatman-Gaitan “may have surreptitiously photographed children” while on the job but stressed that it was in a “non-criminal manner” and “there is no information to suggest that (he) had any inappropriate physical contact with any victims.”