- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 14, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced a karate teacher to 90 years in prison for molesting three boys and making child pornography in northern New York.

U.S. District Judge Thomas McAvoy handed down the sentence Tuesday on Ryan Staples of Chateaugay. The judge agreed with the recommendation of prosecutors.

They say Staples didn’t fully take responsibility.

His attorney told the judge that sentence was unduly severe, worse than a federal guideline sentence for murder, and that Staples himself had been molested at age 8 or 9 by a man he met through Boy Scouts.

Staples pleaded guilty to three counts of producing child pornography in May, admitting that in 2010 he molested boys who were nine, 11 and 13 years old. He posted images on a website from which investigators tracked him.


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