Two local people were sentenced to lengthy prison terms Thursday for sexually exploiting an infant, federal authorities said. 

Joshua Carey, 38, of Stamford, and Ariel Machia, 28, of Middleburgh, were sentenced to 40 years and 30 years in prison, respectively.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and James N. Hendricks, special agent in charge of the Albany Field Office of the FBI.

According to a media release, Carey and Machia both pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a child in February, admitting that in 2016, they photographed one another engaged in sexually explicit conduct with a 1-year-old child. The couple was arrested in February 2018, when the images they produced were recovered by law enforcement officers in an unrelated investigation. Carey and Machia have been detained in federal custody since that time.

Thursday, Senior United States District Judge Thomas A. McAvoy sentenced Machia to serve 30 years in prison, followed by 20 years of supervised release. Carey, who is a registered sex offender with two prior convictions for rape in the second degree, was sentenced to serve a total of 40 years in prison, to be followed by lifetime supervised release. Both will be required to register with the sex offender registry upon release.

This case was investigated by the FBI and its Child Exploitation Task Force, as well as the Schoharie County Sheriff’s Office, the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police, the release said. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa M. Fletcher, Project Safe Childhood Coordinator for the Northern District of New York.

Launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, Project Safe Childhood is led by United States Attorneys’ 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, the release said. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, visit www.justice.gov/psc.

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