Parkville Man Indicted for Sexually Exploiting a Child, Extortion and Child Pornography Offenses
Child Pornography Collection Found on Defendant’s Three Computers
Is One of the Largest Collection Found by ICE and FBI Agents in Maryland
Baltimore, Maryland - A federal grand jury indicted Jeremy Guzewicz, age 27, of Parkville, Maryland, today on charges of sexual exploitation and attempted sexual exploitation of a child; receipt, distribution and possession of child pornography; and extortion.
The indictment was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge William Winter of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Special Agent in Charge Richard A. McFeely of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department; and Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger.
According to the 11 count superseding indictment, beginning in July 2006, Guzewicz portrayed himself on a social networking site, available on the internet and marketed towards teenagers, as an older man with stepchildren. He introduced himself to a 12 year old girl living in Massachusetts. Soon thereafter, he allegedly instructed the girl to send him sexually explicit pictures of herself. Guzewicz allegedly called the victim many times by phone, and sent her a sexually explicit picture which he represented was of himself. During the time Guzewicz communicated with the victim from 2006 to November 17, 2009, Guzewicz allegedly threatened that he would tell the victim’s parents that she was communicating with strangers online, and that he would travel to Massachusetts to rape her if she did not send additional pictures of herself or comply with his instructions.
The indictment further alleges that: on three occasions in July 2009, Guzewicz distributed online pictures of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct; received child pornography in May and July, 2009 on two of his desktop computers; on three occasions on November 17, 2009, Guzewicz possessed child pornography on three desktop computers; and twice on August 10, 2009, threatened the victim online that he would injure her and her reputation.
At Guzewicz’s detention hearing on March 24, 2010, the government notified the court that the child pornography collection found on the three computers allegedly owned by the defendant was one of the largest collections of child pornography recovered by the ICE and FBI agents in Maryland.
The indictment seeks forfeiture of three desktop computers and two cell phones allegedly used in the commission of the above described offenses.
Guzewicz faces a minimum sentence of 15 years and a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison for sexual exploitation and attempted sexual exploitation of a child; a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison on each of three counts for distribution, and each of two counts for receipt, of child pornography; a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison on each of three counts for possession of child pornography; a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for extortion involving the threat of injury to the victim; and a maximum sentence of two years in prison for extortion involving the threat of injury to the victim’s reputation; followed by supervised release up to life. Guzewicz was detained upon the filing of the original indictment on March 10, 2010.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov. Details about Maryland’s program are available at http://www.justice.gov/usao/md/Safe-Childhood/index.html.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Crooks, who is prosecuting the case.