UTICA, NEW YORK – Gary McKay, age 43, of Troy, New York, was sentenced today to serve 10 years in prison, followed by a lifetime term of supervised release, for possessing child pornography for a second time.
The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Kevin Kelly, Special Agent in Charge of the Buffalo Field Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
As part of his guilty plea to three counts of possession of child pornography, McKay admitted that on August 14, 2017, while on supervised release for a prior federal conviction for possession of child pornography, he possessed three electronic devices containing more than 2,500 images of minors, including prepubescent children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. McKay previously served 30 months in prison for his prior possession conviction and was seven years into a ten-year term of supervised release at the time he committed this new offense.
United States District Judge David N. Hurd sentenced McKay to 10 years in prison and lifetime supervised release on each of the possession of child pornography counts to run concurrently (at the same time). Judge Hurd also sentenced McKay to 5 years imprisonment for violating his terms of supervised release, to run concurrently to the other sentences.
This case was investigated by the United States Probation Office for the Northern District of New York and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Richard Bellis and Alicia Giglio Suarez.
This case is prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/.