Child sex abuser gets 20 years


ALBANY — A convicted sex offender with a history of abusing a child younger than 11 years of age and refusing to register his change of address several times was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison on pornography convictions.

Charles Guyer, 60, of Johnstown, was sentenced Monday in federal court for distributing and receiving child pornography.

Guyer pleaded guilty in May 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, 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.

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

Guyer faces a minimum of 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.

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.

When arrested, Guyer was already a lifetime state-registered sex offender. He lived on West Green Street in Johnstown 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 on 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 Homeland Security Investigators and the New York State Police, and was being 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. 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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