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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Minnesota

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Milaca Man Pleads Guilty To Distributing Child Pornography

MINNEAPOLIS—Earlier today in federal court, a 51-year-old Milaca man pleaded guilty
to distributing images and videos containing child pornography. Kenneth John Gastecki
pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of child pornography. Gastecki, who was indicted on
November 8, 2011, entered his plea before United States District Court Chief Judge Michael J.
Davis. He did not enter into a plea agreement.

His indictment states that on July 29, 2009, Gastecki distributed images and videos that
contained visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

For his crime, Gastecki faces a potential maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, with a
mandatory minimum penalty of five years. Judge Davis will determine his sentence at a future
hearing. This case is the result of an investigation by the Minnesota Cyber Crimes Task Force,
which is sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Secret Service.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Clifford B. Wardlaw.

Presently, the Justice Department is funding a study concerning the correlation between
involvement in child pornography and the hands-on sexual abuse of children. A 2008 study
(The Butner Study) published in the Journal of Family Violence found that up to 80 percent of
federal inmates incarcerated for possession, receipt, or distribution of child pornography also
admitted to hands-on sexual abuse of children, ranging from touching to rape.

The U.S. Department of Justice is committed to combating the sexual exploitation of
children, particularly via the Internet. In Fiscal Year 2010, 2,235 defendants pleaded guilty to
federal child pornography charges, 2,222 of whom were sentenced to prison. In Fiscal Year
2009, 2,083 defendants were sentenced to prison on child pornography charges. For more
information about these efforts, please visit the Department’s Project Safe Childhood website,



Updated April 30, 2015