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Feds: Johnstown sex offender admits child pornography counts

Feds: Johnstown sex offender admits child pornography counts

Feds: Johnstown sex offender admits child pornography counts
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ALBANY - A Johnstown sex offender faces at least 15 years in federal prison and up to 40 after admitting Monday to federal child pornography counts, U.S. Attorney's officials said.

The case was one of two Monday involving sex offenders in the region admitting child pornography-related offenses.

In the Johnstown case, Charles Guyer, 60, pleaded guilty to distributing and receiving child pornography. He is to be sentenced in September.

Guyer admitted to using two laptop computers equipped with peer-to-peer file-sharing software to download and distribute child pornography, prosecutors said.

Guyer has a prior state felony sexual abuse conviction related to sexual contact with someone under the age of 11, federal prosecutors said.

He has been in custody in the federal case since his April 2018 arrest.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the New York State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorney Emmet J. O'Hanlon is prosecuting.

The second case involved Terry L. Shellenberger, 50, of Albany. Shellenberger pleaded guilty in federal court to child pornography possession, prosecutors said.

Shellenberger admitted that he possessed a phone used to download child pornography videos from the internet in July 2018. Shellenberger was on federal supervised release due to as prior conviction and probation officers found the videos during an unannounced home visit, prosecutors said.

Shellenberger has prior federal convictions for child pornography possession and failure to register as a sex offender, from 2006 and 2017, respectively, prosecutors said.

Shellenberger faces between 10 and 20 years in federal prison at his September sentencing.

Shellenberger's case was investigated by the U.S> Probation Office and the FBI. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett.

 

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