Press-Republican

May 3, 2014

Man guilty of making child porn

By FELICIA KRIEG
Press-Republican

---- — ALBANY — A Chateaugay karate instructor admitted Friday to producing child pornography.

In U.S. District Court in Albany, Ryan Staples, 37, pleaded guilty to three counts of production of child pornography, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The charges involve three juvenile victims.

Staples said he videotaped and took photographs of himself “engaged in sexually explicit conduct” with the children, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in the release.

He faces a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 30 years on each count, with a lifetime term of supervised release.

Staples also faces a maximum fine of $250,000 on each count and is required to register as a sex offender.

CLASSES IN TWO TOWNS

Staples, whose business was called Staples Contact Karate, held classes in Chateaugay and Brushton, and he had planned to start classes at the YMCA in Plattsburgh in December 2013, his website says.

In Chateaugay, the classes were held in the Town Hall, according to the site, and children as young as age 4 could register for sessions.

“Our instructors are friendly and will be there to help you every step of the way,” the site says. “At Staples Contact Karate, we’ll give you the attention and personal training you will need to achieve the goals at our school.”

‘DESPICABLE CRIME’

“Child pornography creates a permanent record of a child’s sexual exploitation, and each time it’s shared online, that child is victimized again,” Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge James Spero said in the release.

“Traumatizing children for sexual purposes is one of the most despicable crimes HSI investigates. HSI will continue to relentlessly pursue child predators to rescue innocent victims and bring their abusers to justice.”

“We will continue to aggressively pursue anyone and everyone who seeks to traumatize and sexually exploit our children,” said U.S. Attorney Richard S. Hartunian. 

The Department of Homeland Security and Homeland Security Investigations in Rouses Point conducted the investigation.

Hartunian commended the investigators, “who worked so hard to bring this defendant to justice.”

SENTENCING SCHEDULED

Staples, who is in police custody, will be sentenced in Albany on Sept. 11 by U.S. District Court Judge Thomas J. McAvoy.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Katherine Kopita.

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