SCHENECTADY — A Schenectady man was sentenced this week after his trial in a possession of child pornography case, Schenectady County District Attorney officials said.
He now faces a potential sentence of 10 to 20 years in prison, prosecutors said.
Ryan Clark, 38, of Schenectady, was convicted of a total of 50 counts of possession of a sexual performance by a child, felonies.
The jury deliberated for 45 minutes before finding Clark guilty, prosecutors said.
The investigation began in March 2019 through a separate probe opened in Troy, prosecutors said. This investigation led to search warrants in Troy and Schenectady. In Schenectady, investigators seized more than 20 electronic devices, prosecutors said.
Sent to the New York State Police’s Computer Crimes Unit in Latham, lead investigator William Martin analyzed them and found more than 1,000 child exploitation images on one of the drives hard. Many had been deleted, but Martin recovered them, prosecutors said.
Martin also located other items on the hard drive that linked Clark to its use and possession, including family photos, personal emails, social media use and online shopping, the authorities said. prosecutors.
Clark faces a maximum of 16 months to four years on each of the 50 counts, with the possibility of them occurring consecutively. Those consecutive sentences are capped at 10 to 20 years, prosecutors said.
Assistant District Attorney John J. Carson was prosecuted. Schenectady County Deputy Conflict Advocate Joseph Gardner represented Clark. Judge Mark J. Caruso presided.
“While we do not know the identities of these child victims, whose images were no doubt downloaded from internet sources, we take these crimes very seriously,” said Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney. , in a press release. “This investigation began due to an allegation that Mr. Clark used these or similar images in another jurisdiction in an effort to groom a child for his own deviant purposes. Although this allegation has not been proven, I commend ADA Carson for pursuing this lawsuit and holding him accountable for his behavior here.
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