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Mechanicville Man Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Sexual Abuse

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York
Agrees to be Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Gary Ryan, age 50, of Mechanicville, New York, pled guilty today to aggravated sexual abuse and transportation of minors to engage in sexual activity. The announcement was made by United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman; Janeen DiGuiseppi, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and Colonie Police Department Chief Michael Woods.

As part of his guilty plea, Ryan admitted that in April or May 2003, he took Victim 1, a then 5-year-old child, with him to Florida.  While in Florida, Ryan masturbated Victim 1’s penis, performed oral sex on Victim 1, and anally raped Victim 1.  In 2004, Ryan took then 6-year-old Victim 1 to Massachusetts and Nevada.  During both trips, Ryan anally penetrated Victim 1.  Ryan also admitted to providing Victim 1 with drugs and alcohol.

Ryan admitted that in 2007, he took Victim 2, then 14 years old, to Florida.  There, Ryan rubbed Victim 2’s penis.  That same year, Ryan also took Victim 2 to Massachusetts where he showed Victim 2 pornography and rubbed Victim 2’s penis.

Between 1998 and 1999, Ryan took Victim 3, then 14 or 15 years old, to Massachusetts with other teenagers.  Ryan provided Victim 3 with alcohol.  While Victim 3 was asleep, Ryan rubbed Victim 3’s penis to try to arouse him and shaved Victim 3’s genitals.  Ryan instructed another teenager to videotape it.

In his plea agreement, Ryan agreed to be sentenced to 30 years in prison.  United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino will sentence him on March 1, 2022.

This case was investigated by the FBI and its Child Exploitation Task Force, the Colonie Police Department, the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department, and the New York State Police.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Katherine Kopita as part of Project Safe Childhood. Launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, Project Safe Childhood is led by United States Attorney’s 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 November 3, 2021

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