'Game Master' Paul Hyman pleads guilty to child-porn charge

Paul Hyman leaves District Court in Central Islip Paul Hyman leaves District Court in Central Islip on Friday, March 21, 2014. Photo Credit: Johnny Milano

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A consultant and writer on the video-gaming industry who calls himself "The Game Master" pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Central Islip to possession of child pornography, officials said.

"I am deeply ashamed of my conduct, by which I have let down my family, my community and myself," Paul Hyman, 65, of Great Neck, said in entering his plea.

"I apologize to the court, to the government and to my family," he said. "Most importantly, I want to express my remorse to the child victims of sexual abuse, whose images I possessed."

The plea came after federal agents in November searched Hyman's home and found child pornography, Eastern District prosecutor Allen Bode said in court. Bode did not say why the agents searched Hyman's home.

Hyman surrendered yesterday morning to agents at the courthouse on five charges, including four counts of receiving child pornography and one count of possession, officials said.

As part of a plea agreement, Hyman pleaded guilty to a single possession count, which carries a maximum 10-year sentence. Conviction on the five counts would have called for a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years.

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U.S. District Judge Leonard Wexler released Hyman on $500,000 bond and required him to receive psychiatric treatment and to be monitored by an electronic bracelet. No sentencing date was scheduled.

After the plea, Hyman's attorney, Charles Ross, said that his client is already receiving therapy and "is a wonderful man" who has the complete trust of his family.

In a long career in the video-gaming and electronics industry, Hyman has edited a number of magazines, written widely on online gaming and served as a corporate consultant, according to his online biography.

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