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Former Teacher and Registered Sex Offender Sentenced to Twenty Years' Imprisonment for Possession and Distribution of Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 10, 2007

Conviction Results from "Project Safe Childhood" Task Force

Roslynn R. Mauskopf, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, announced that ROBERT S. WEINSTEIN, a registered sex offender and former teacher, was sentenced today to twenty years’ imprisonment, lifetime supervised release, and continued sex offender registration for possessing and distributing child pornography. The sentencing proceeding was held before United States District Judge Joanna Seybert at the U.S. Courthouse in Central Islip, New York.

In January 2005, FBI agents seized a computer from an individual in Charlotte, North Carolina, containing child pornography sent by WEINSTEIN. Subsequently, on February 23, 2005, FBI agents in New York executed a search warrant at WEINSTEIN’s residence and seized a laptop computer that contained 654 still images and 60 video files of child pornography depicting victims ranging in ages from infancy to fourteen years. At the time of the search, WEINSTEIN admitted trading images of child pornography and downloading those images from websites. On June 2, 2006, WEINSTEIN pleaded guilty to three counts of distribution and seven counts of possession of child pornography.

WEINSTEIN was previously convicted in 1992 in Nassau County for Attempted Sexual Abuse in the First Degree after an incident involving a ten-year-old boy in an East Rockaway park and was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment, five years’ probation, and sex offender registration. At the time of his arrest, WEINSTEIN was a teacher and choir director in the East Meadow School District. Less than three months after completing his term of probation, in September 1998, WEINSTEIN was arrested and convicted in Toronto, Canada, on a charge of Procuring Illicit Sex after soliciting a fourteen-year-old boy. WEINSTEIN was sentenced to five months of imprisonment on this conviction.

“Trafficking in child pornography subjects the children in these images to continuing degradation and encourages abusers to seek new victims. We are determined to protect children by aggressively investigating and prosecuting child pornography offenders,” stated United States Attorney Mauskopf. Ms. Mauskopf thanked the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Project Safe Childhood Task Force for their work on the case.

Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative, was created in February 2006 by the Attorney General to protect children from on-line exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better investigate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit “http://www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.”

The government’s case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Allen L. Bode.

The Defendant:


Name: ROBERT S. WEINSTEIN
Age: 44


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