Feds: Mechanicville sex offender to get 30 years in aggravated sexual abuse case; Spanned four states

Gary J. Ryan in January 2019 - Provided

Gary J. Ryan in January 2019 - Provided

ALBANY – A Mechanicville sex offender has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison in an aggravated sexual abuse case that spanned four states, federal prosecutors said.

Gary Ryan, 50, of Mechanicville, pleaded guilty this past week to aggravated sexual abuse and transportation of minors to engage in sexual activity, prosecutors said.

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Ryan admitted in his guilty plea sexual abuse allegations related to three separate victims – one related to a child who was 5- and 6-years-old during abuse in 2003 and 2004, another a 14-year-old child from 2007 and the third a 14- or 15-year-old child from 1998 and 1999, prosecutors said.

The 2003 abuse took place as he took the victim to Florida, 2004 abuse on trips to Massachusetts and Nevada, prosecutors said. The 2007 abuse took place on trips to Florida and Massachusetts and the 1998 and 1999 abuse in Massachusetts.

As part of his plea, he agreed to a sentence of 30 years in federal prison. He is to be sentenced in March.

Ryan, who has previously been identified as from Clifton Park, was initially arrested by Colonie investigators in January 2019 on allegations he tried to send sexually explicit photos to a 14-year-old boy.

Soon after the Colonie arrest, Saratoga County Sheriff’s investigators brought state felony charges against Ryan similar to the federal allegations. Ryan was  then indicted on the federal charges in October 2019.

Authorities then indicated Ryan was listed on the state sex offender registry in connection with cases that dated back to 2008.

Ryan, then of Mechanicville, was arrested in February 2008 and charged with child pornography possession. Ryan had been a longtime coach in the local Little League at the time, newspaper records indicate. He had also been active in local Mechanicville politics.

The federal case was investigated by the FBI and its Child Exploitation Task Force, the Colonie Police Department, the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department and the state police. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Katherine Kopita.

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