Charleston sex offender gets 35 years on child pornography charges

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted May 22, 2013, at 5:15 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A convicted sex offender was sentenced Wednesday to 35 years in federal prison in U.S. District Court on four child pornography charges.

Carey E. Gonyer, 44, of Charleston also was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John Woodcock to a lifetime of supervised release following his prison term.

Gonyer was found guilty by a jury in July on three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor in the production of pornography and one count of possession of child pornography, after 1½ days of testimony.The jury of seven women and five men deliberated for two hours and 40 minutes.

The victim, who was 17 last summer and lived in LaGrange, testified that he was sexually assaulted for months before photographing his genitals at the defendant’s request. The boy told jurors that he began working at the Valley View Farm in Charleston in late May or early June 2010 on weekends. When school was out, he worked almost daily throughout the summer as a farmhand.

Under direct examination, he said the first sexual assault occurred in the early summer when he spent the night at the small apartment Gonyer had on the farm when the boy’s mother and stepfather were away for a weekend. The sexual assaults continued the next summer when he returned to work on the farm, the teenager testified.

The federal indictment alleged that the incidents that led to the sexual exploitation counts occurred in June, July and September 2011. The production charges involved two photos the boy said he took with his cellphone and sent to Gonyer’s cellphone and one taken with Gonyer’s phone, all at the defendant’s request.

The teen testified that Gonyer told him to delete text and photo messages after sending them, which he did. He said Gonyer threatened to tell the boy’s mother he had been smoking cigarettes if he told anyone they were having sex. Once, the boy testified, Gonyer threatened to kill his mother if the teen reported the two were having sex.

Gonyer is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday at the Penobscot Judicial Center on 10 counts of sexual abuse of a minor under a plea deal in which his sentence is expected to run concurrently with his federal period of incarceration. The agreement calls for Gonyer to be sentenced to five years, the maximum allowed under state law, on the state sex abuse charges, according to a previously published report.

On the federal charges, Gonyer faced 25 to 50 years in federal prison due to his previous conviction.

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