Johnstown woman sent to prison for sexual photos with teen

Thursday, February 4, 2010
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— A 40-year-old Johnstown woman who took photographs of herself interacting sexually with a female teenager was sentenced Wednesday in Fulton County Court to a prison term.

Stacy Faville was sentenced by Judge Polly A. Hoye to a term of 21⁄3 to 7 years based on her Dec. 4 guilty plea to a felony count of use of a child in a sexual performance.

Faville, the daughter of former Gloversville supervisor Robert Faville, entered the plea in satisfaction of an additional charge of prostitution.

She was arrested by state police Oct. 27 after investigators received a tip that Faville was operating an online prostitution service. The arrest followed a visit by an undercover state trooper, who was offered a variety of sexual services by Faville for $250, District Attorney Louise K. Sira said in October.

Faville declined comment Wednesday when asked by Hoye if she had anything to say to the court.

A statement written by the teenager and read in court by Sira accused Faville of coercing her into participating in “stuff I didn’t want to do.”

Judge Hoye told Faville it is evident from the interview she gave to probation officers preparing sentencing recommendations that she is not taking responsibility for her actions.

“You’re minimizing your conduct, minimizing the consequences of your conduct,” Hoye told her.

Sira, commenting Wednesday, said “the facts of the case are particularly egregious.”

Faville took five photos later discovered on her laptop computer, officials said.

Sira said Wednesday that Faville never distributed the photos online as initially claimed by authorities.

Hoye quoted Faville as telling probation officers she “took pictures but wasn’t planning on doing anything with them.” The apparent attitude, Hoye said, could result in a higher score when she is released from prison and is evaluated as a sex offender under Megan’s Law.

Faville’s attorney, Michael W. Smrtic, declined comment.

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February 4, 2010
5:24 a.m.
grant18 says...

As a former elected official, I have to vigorously protest that including the fact that Ms Faville's father was a former elected official is absolutely irrelevent to the story & should have been removed by any competent, fair-minded editor.

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