ALBANY - Former north country karate instructor Ryan Staples, 37, of Chateaguay, pleaded guilty this week to three counts of production of child pornography in U.S. District Court in Albany, U.S. Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge James Spero announced in a release.
Staples faces a statutory mandatory minimum sentence of imprisonment of 15 yesars on each count and a maximum sentence of imprisonment for 30 years on each count, a lifetime term of supervised release, a maximum fine of $250,000 on each count and mandatory registration as a sex offender. Staples, who remains in custody, will be sentenced in Albany on Sept. 11 by U.S. District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy.
Staples admitted that he videotaped and took photographs of himself engaged in sexually explicit conduct with three minor victims.
In the release, Mr. Hartunian said prosecutors will continue to aggressively pursue anyone and everyone who seeks to traumatize and sexually exploit children. He commended the Department of Homeland Security and their investigators their hard work to bring Staplest to justice.
Staples was charged with possession on the day of his arrest, Oct. 24. A computer was seized from his bedroom contained numerous images containing child pornography, with photos showing victims related to him with his household items, according to the official criminal complaint filed against Staples.
Staples was indicted by a federal grand jury on Nov. 20 on three counts of production of child pornography, each involving a different boy, and one count of possession of child pornography.
The grand jury indictment charged Staples knowingly possessed two computers containing images of actual minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct that were obtained through email and the internet. The photos included both prepubescent minors and minors who had not attained 12 years of age.
The indictment alleged that on three separate occasions Staples employed, used, persuaded, induced, enticed, and coerced a minor male... to engage in sexually explicit conduct; took digital images of such conduct; and transferred and transmitted the visual depictions of such conduct to a computer... so that they could be published and viewed.
The victims of crimes ranged from age 9 to 14 at the time the crimes committed between July and October 2010.