A Calverton man convicted on child sexual exploitation charges has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison on each of two counts by a U.S. District Court judge in Central Islip.
Taylor Pick, 39, pleaded guilty in August 2022 to federal charges of Conspiracy to Sexually Exploit Children and Sexual Exploitation of a Child.
Pick, who was held without bail since his arrest in January 2020, was indicted by a federal grand jury in February 2020. According to the indictment, Pick conspired with Jonathan Berretta of Centereach, Maureen Serra of Lake Ronkonkoma and Benjamin Downs of Massachusetts, to induce one or more minors “to engage in sexually explicit conduct” for the purpose of producing images and/or videos that would be transported and transmitted in interstate and foreign commerce.
Pick was held without bail after the court determined there was a “serious risk that the defendant will obstruct justice and/or otherwise endanger the safety of another person or the community.”
His sentencing was initially scheduled for February, but was adjourned and eventually took place on Oct. 10. Pick will serve the two 30-year sentences concurrently. The court also ordered eight years of supervised release after Pick is released from prison.
Pick has filed a notice of appeal.
Pick’s co-defendants have all entered guilty pleas to various counts of the indictment.
Berretta pleaded guilty to one count of sexual exploitation of a child and was sentenced to 23 years in prison. He has also filed a notice of appeal.
Serra pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of a child and is scheduled for sentencing Jan. 31.
Downs pleaded guilty to conspiracy to sexually exploit children, and receipt and distribution of child pornography. He is scheduled for sentencing Dec. 18.
The cases were assigned to U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York Judge Joan M. Azrack.
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