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Fulton County Man Arrested for Distribution of Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Charles Guyer, age 59, of Johnstown, New York, was arrested today on a charge of distributing child pornography.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Kevin M. Kelly, Special Agent in Charge of the Buffalo Field Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). 

Guyer made an initial appearance in Albany before United States Magistrate Judge Christian F. Hummel, who ordered him detained pending further proceedings.

The complaint filed against Guyer alleges that in March and April 2018, he used file-sharing software to distribute child pornography over the Internet.  The charges in the complaint are merely accusations.  The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. 

If convicted on all charges, Guyer faces a minimum 15 years and up to 40 years in prison, a maximum $250,000 fine, and a term of post-imprisonment supervised release of at least 5 years and up to life.  A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and other factors. 

This case is being investigated by HSI, with assistance from the Johnstown Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph A. Giovannetti.

This case is being prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood.  Launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, Project Safe Childhood is led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

Updated April 25, 2018

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