States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|May 19, 2010||
Project Safe Childhood: SIMSBURY MAN ADMITS POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
David B, Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JOHN BEILSTEIN, 59, of Adams Road, Weatogue, pleaded guilty today before Senior United States District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to one count of possession of child pornography.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on approximately October 31, 2006, BEILSTEIN used Google’s “Hello” program to send 84 images of child pornography to an undercover law enforcement officer in Canada who had assumed the identity of a child pornography collector. Seven of the images have been identified as known victims.
Judge Burns has scheduled sentencing for August 6, 2010, at which time BEILSTEIN faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years, a fine of up to $250,000, a period of court supervision from five years to life, and mandatory sex offender registration.
BEILSTEIN was released on a $50,000 non-surety bond pending sentencing with conditions that include continued mental health treatment, no use of the Internet without monitoring, and no unsupervised contact with children under the age of 18 years of age.
This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Simsbury Police Department, along with the Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force, which includes federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Peter S. Jongbloed and Law Student Intern Kaitlin Canty.
U.S. Attorney Fein noted that this prosecution is part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood Initiative, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
To report cases of child exploitation, please visit www.cybertipline.com.
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