United States Attorney David Capp

Northern District of Indiana

M01-204 S. Main Street

South Bend, Indiana 46601

Hammond South Bend Fort Wayne

 
 

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Mary L. Hatton

May 30, 2012 PHONE: (219) 937-5500

www.usdoj.gov/usao/inn/ Fax: (219) 852-2770

 

WEEK IN REVIEW SOUTH BEND

 

 

South Bend, Indiana -- The United States Attorneys Office announced that:

 

 

DISPOSITIONS:

 

     Patrick R. Oszuscik, 28, of Trail Creek, Indiana, was sentenced on May 24, 2012, by Judge Robert Miller, Jr. to 225 months imprisonment to be followed by 5 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of distribution of child pornography.

 

The affidavit contained in the initial Complaint filed in this case indicated that the investigation began in February 2011when law enforcement conducted an on-line Internet investigation to identify those possessing and sharing child pornography using a peer-to-peer file sharing program. Based on this investigation, law enforcement was able to identify an IP address associated with Oszusciks residence. A federal search warrant was subsequently obtained and executed at the residence, where law enforcement found numerous videos and images which contained child pornography. According to the Sentencing Memorandum filed by the government in this case, Oszuscik collected approximately 37,575 images and shared approximately 4,500 files over the peer-to-peer system he was using. The sentence was enhanced as a result of the defendant possessing images involving very young children and images of sadistic, masochistic or other depictions of violence towards minor victims.

This case resulted from an investigation by members of the Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, including the U.S. Immigration and Custom Office of Homeland Security Investigations and the Broward County, Florida Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Maciejczyk.

 

     Ismael Oviedo, 24, of Elkhart, Indiana, was sentenced by Judge Robert Miller, Jr. to 30 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of distribution of cocaine. According to the Sentencing Memorandum filed by the Court in this case, Authorities searched Oviedos house after an informant twice bought cocaine from him at the house. During the search they found equipment used to package drugs, a loaded semiautomatic handgun, and drug proceeds. This case was the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Schaffer.

 

     Thomas Pickett, 28, of Elkhart, Indiana, was sentenced by Judge Jon DeGuilio to 30 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offenses of making false statements in the acquisition of a firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Pickett has a felony conviction for operating a motor vehicle while suspended as a habitual violator of traffic laws. This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald Schmid.

 

     Tom Smith, 43, of Argos, Indiana, was sentenced by Judge Robert Miller, Jr. to 57 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of manufacturing methamphetamine. According to the Sentencing Memorandum filed by the Court in this case, for a year and a half, Smith bought pseudoephedrine with which to make and sell methamphetamine. This case was the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Schaffer.