NY couple, Joshua Carey and Ariel Machia sentenced 70 years jail for making child sex assault images. Boyfriend revealed to be two times previously convicted sex offender.
A NY couple have been sentenced to a combined 70 years in federal prison for making child pornography using a 1-year-old baby girl.
A U.S. Attorney’s Office press release stated Joshua Carey, 38, of Stamford in Delaware County and Ariel Machia, 28, of Middleburgh in Schoharie County being sentenced Thursday in Albany’s federal courthouse. The jail terms follow the boyfriend and girlfriend having pled guilty to felony counts of sexual exploitation of a child in February, 2019.
Prosecutors say Carey was sentenced to 40 years. Machia was sentenced to 30 years. Upon her release- Machia will be on 20 years supervised release.
Of note, Carey is a registered sex offender with two prior convictions for rape in the second degree. Upon his release the man will be subject to lifetime supervised release, according to the Department of Justice.
The punishment comes after the pair admitted that in 2016 they photographed each other along with engaging in sexual conduct with the child. Carey’s lawyer said his client was ‘drunk out of his mind’ at the time.
The FBI accused the pair of having taking more than 25 sexually explicit photos of the girl with a Nikon Coolpix digital camera. Law enforcement officials recovered the camera in February 2018, when both defendants were arrested.
Police found the images on a computer while investigating unrelated sex accusations against Machia’s husband.
CBS6Albany reported the husband being charged with 3 counts of criminal sexual act, one count of sexual abuse and 3 counts of endangering the welfare of a child following his arrest in August of 2017. Deputies said the husband was involved in a relationship with a 14 year old girl.
Christopher Machia is currently serving a prison sentence. His jail term remained unclear.