Sex offender going back to prison


ALBANY — Charles Guyer, 60, of Johnstown, pled guilty Monday in federal court to distributing and receiving child pornography.

As part of his guilty plea, Guyer admitted to using two laptop computers equipped with peer-to-peer file-sharing software to download and distribute child pornography. Guyer, who has a prior New York state felony conviction for sexual abuse in the first degree — sexual contact with an individual less than 11 years old — has been in custody since his arrest on April 24, 2018.

Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 16 before Senior United States Judge Thomas J. McAvoy. Guyer faces at least 15 years and up to 40 years in prison, 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. Guyer will also be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.

When arrested, Guyer was already a lifetime state-registered sex offender. He lived in West Green Street at the time of his arrest.

According to the state sex offender registry, Guyer was convicted in Aug. 1996 in Montgomery County of first-degree deviate sexual contact with a seven-year-old girl. His crimes were said to have taken place Jan. 1, 1996. He was sentenced to seven years in state prison and was released on parole.

In August 2001, he returned to prison for an unknown parole violation.

On Sept. 9, 2014, Gloversville police arrested Guyer on a parole warrant for failure to register as a sex offender for the third time. The disposition of that case is unknown.

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

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. 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.

Michael Anich contributed to this story.