Robert J. Fain, an instructional technologist
at the Wallace Library (WAL, 05), has been
suspended after confessing to charges of
receipt, possession and distribution of child
A complaint was filed against Fain alleging
that he used RIT computers and his own
personal computer to share explicit images of
children as young as five years old engaging in
sexual activities. He has allegedly been doing
so since October 2010.
The complaint stated that RIT contacted
the FBI and the Monroe County Sheriff ’s
Department after learning of a San Jose, Calif.
police detective investigating someone using
the RIT internet connection to view child
pornography. The subsequent investigation
implicated Fain, who later appeared before
a U.S. magistrate to face charges. He was
put on home detention until his cell phone
is embedded with a tracking device that will
keep track of his location at all times.
“If convicted, Fain faces a maximum penalty
of up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and
lifetime supervised release,” said Assistant U.S.
Attorney Richard Resnick in an article for the
“Democrat and Chronicle.”
Fain also anchors a weekend news show on
Rochester radio news station WHAM under
the name Rob Jason.
Fain allegedly admitted to the charges,
claiming his acts to being an error of judgment,
and that he was “trying to impress other