LIVINGSTON COUNTY – A vicious and twisted Dansville man was sentenced to prison for unthinkable sexual crimes against a young family member which he says occurred ‘more often than not’ for over two and a half years.
In an emotional court appearance for the family, some of whom appeared in court, Ryan Edmar, 33, of Dansville, pled guilty to Criminal Sex Act in the First Degree, a B felony, and was sentenced to 15 years in state prison and 20 years of post-release supervision, and gave up the right to appeal the sentence. District Attorney Greg McCaffrey said that Edmar is a violent predator whose crimes became all the more disturbing during the pre-plea investigation.
“This is a very disturbing and troubling case for many reasons, not the least of which being that the victim also happens to be a family member,” said DA McCaffrey at sentence. “During the pre-plea investigation, Mr. Edmar said that this conduct was ongoing for 2 1/2 years, when he viciously exposed her to sexual conduct. Mr. Edmar is an absolute sick predator who deserves no courtesy or accommodation. The only reason that our recommendation is for less than the maximum is to save this little girl from re-victimization by forcing her to testify.”
DA McCaffrey added that Edmar would view pornography with the victim, possessed photographs of children in underwear, and possessed photographs of the victim.
When Edmar tried to challenge the DA’s implication about the nature of the photographs, DA McCaffrey immediately refuted this by pointing out the presence of other evidence on the photographs that suggests that they were used for a sexual purpose.
Judge Robert Wiggins carefully laid out some unusual factors that come into play in this case, including that Edmar is a Canadian citizen and faces deportation after his release, and Edmar said that this is the best course for him.
“I have discussed this several times with my attorney,” said Edmar, represented by Assistant Public Defender John D’Arpino. “I’ve put a lot of thought into it and I think this the best course.”
Court staff and the family of the victim reacted emotionally as lurid details of the case were revealed in court.
Edmar will have to register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA) though DA McCaffrey pointed out that it is ‘a near certainty’ that Edmar will be deported after his release.
PHOTO CAPTION: (Photo/Livingston County Sheriff’s Office)
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