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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 9, 2019

Johnstown Sex Offender Sentenced to 20 Years on Child Pornography Convictions

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Charles Guyer, age 60, of Johnstown, New York, was sentenced today to 240 months in prison, for distributing and receiving child pornography. 

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith; Kevin Kelly, Special Agent in Charge, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Buffalo Field Office; and New York State Police Superintendent Keith M. Corlett.

At the time of the offenses, Guyer was a registered sex offender with New York State, having been previously convicted of sexually abusing a child in Montgomery County in 1996.

As part of his guilty plea on May 13, 2019, Guyer admitted to using two laptop computers equipped with peer-to-peer file-sharing software to download and distribute child pornography between December 2017 and April 2018.  Guyer has been in federal custody since his arrest on April 24, 2018.  

Senior United States District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy also imposed a 20-year term of supervised release, to be served upon completion of Guyer’s prison sentence.

This case was investigated by HSI and the New York State Police, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Emmet J. O’Hanlon.

This case was 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 https://www.justice.gov/psc.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated September 10, 2019