BUFFALO — An Olean man is facing federal child pornography charges accusing him of using social media to try to obtain nude photos of young girls from multiple states.
A federal grand jury on Tuesday returned an indictment charging Shane Guay, 28, of Olean, with receipt and production of child pornography, and enticement of a minor. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, a maximum of life and a $250,000 fine.
Guay was arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kenneth Schroder in U.S. District Court.
Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy Murray, who is handling the case, said Guay attempted to entice girls approximately 12 years old in several states to send him nude photos of themselves before 154 image files and five videos of child porn were discovered in a raid of his Olean home last year.
According to the indictment, the case began in November 2016 when the Ayer and Shirley (Mass.) police departments received reports that approximately 15 sixth-grade females at Ayer-Shirley Regional Middle School received unsolicited, sexual messages from a male only known as “George” on Instagram.
Incident reports from both police departments state “George” attempted to solicit sexually explicit images from the victims, even telling some of them he was a lesbian minor female and sending topless images of a minor female. “George” eventually sent graphic photos of a male.
Massachusetts investigators traced the Instagram account of “George” to Guay and alerted New York State Police, according to prosecutors.
On April 17, 2018, Homeland Security Investigations out of Buffalo received a lead from the Harris County (Ga.) Sheriff’s Office that two 12-year-old Harris County females reported receiving unsolicited pictures and videos of a naked adult man from two Instagram users. Both Instagram accounts were traced to Guay, prosecutors said.
On June 5, 2018, state police and HSI Buffalo executed a search warrant at Gauy’s North Street residence in Olean. Investigators seized 26 items of electronic evidence, including two cellular telephones, which allegedly contained the 154 image files and five video files of suspected child porn.
The investigation also determined Guay sent sexual messages a minor female in Cape Town, South Africa, investigators said.