SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Christopher M. Perry, 36, of Cortland, New York, was sentenced today to serve 540 months (45 years) in federal prison for conspiring and acting together with co-defendant Sarah R. Gates to sexually exploit a child under five years of age for the purpose of producing images of the abuse.
The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon and Kevin Kelly, Special Agent in Charge of the Buffalo Field Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
As part of his prior guilty plea to a three-count Information, Perry admitted that on several occasions in 2017, he and Gates performed sexual acts on the child while taking photographs of the abuse, using two cell phones.
Senior United States District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy also imposed a 15-year term of supervised release, which will start after Perry is released from prison. As a result of his conviction, Perry will also be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the City of Cortland Police Department, and the New York State Police-Computer Crimes Unit, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sahar L. Amandolare and Special Assistant United States Attorney Adrian S. LaRochelle.
The case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood. Launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, Project Safe Childhood is led by United States Attorney’s offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS). 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 to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit https://www.justice.gov/psc.
 Gates is charged by complaint with the same offenses, which are merely accusations, and she is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.