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11/14/2019

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Massage therapist charged with possession of child pornography

Massage therapist charged with possession of child pornography

NEW YORK — A New York man working as a massage therapist was charged Wednesday following an investigation by ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York’s Hudson Valley office. Gary Pamperien was arrested at his Hicksville, NY home for possession of child pornography.

“Pamperien allegedly purchased explicit photos of children, repeatedly victimizing each child with just the click of a button. Perhaps thinking he could conceal these heinous alleged acts, he allegedly used his work computer as a means to mask his identity,” said Peter C. Fitzhugh, special agent in charge for HSI New York. “HSI has a firm commitment to tracking down those perpetrators who exploit children to satisfy their own horrid desires and we will bring them to justice.”

“Child pornography victimizes society’s most innocent and vulnerable. Massage therapist Gary Pamperien was arrested for allegedly possessing child pornography. Sexualizing young children is despicable, and this office and our law enforcement partners will continue to utilize all of the expertise and resources available to bring to justice those who possess child pornography,” said the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Geoffrey S. Berman.

According to the allegations in the complaint, between at least August 2017 and December 2018, Pamperien, a massage therapist, purchased access to thousands of files containing child pornography through a password-protected, fee-based website hosted outside the United States. The child pornography included depictions of nude prepubescent children posing lasciviously. Pamperien made his purchases from an IP address associated with a non-profit educational retreat center in Rhinebeck, New York, where Pamperien has lived and worked. Additionally, on November 13, 2019, law enforcement officers uncovered at least a dozen images and one video containing child pornography on a laptop belonging to Pamperien.

Pamperien, 65, of Hicksville, New York, is charged with one count of possession of child pornography, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison or 20 years in prison if any image of child pornography involved in the offense involved a prepubescent minor or a minor who had not attained 12 years of age. The maximum potential sentences in this case are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge. The charges in the complaint are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. This case is being handled by the SDNY’s White Plains Division.

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Last Reviewed/Updated: 11/14/2019