SCHENECTADY – A Schenectady man was sentenced Monday to up to 20 years in state prison for child pornography possession, Schenectady County District Attorney’s officials said.
Ryan Clark, 38, was convicted in April of a total of 50 counts of possession of a sexual performance by a child, felonies.
Judge Mark J. Caruso then sentenced Clark Monday to a total of 10 to 30 years in state prison – 1 to 3 years on each conviction, with 10 running consecutively. State sentencing rules regarding consecutive sentences, however, make the final term 10 to 20 years.
The jury in Clark’s case deliberated for 45 minutes before finding Clark guilty, prosecutors said.
The investigation began in March 2019 through a separate investigation begun in Troy, prosecutors said. That 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 Computer Crimes Unit in Latham, Senior Investigator William Martin analyzed them and found more than 1,000 images of child exploitation on one of the hard drives. Many had been deleted, but Martin recovered them, prosecutors said.
Martin also located other material on the hard drive that linked Clark to its use and possession, including family photos, personal emails, social media usage and online shopping, prosecutors said.
Assistant District Attorney John J. Carson prosecuted. Assistant Schenectady County Conflict Defender Joseph Gardner represented Clark. Judge Mark J. Caruso presided.