Shelton Attorney Charged with Child Pornography Offenses
Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that PETER G. KRUZYNSKI, 50, of Shelton, was arrested today on a criminal complaint charging him with production and possession of child pornography.
According to the criminal complaint, KRUZYNSKI repeatedly engaged in sexual acts with a male victim beginning in 2009, when the victim was 12 years old, and continuing until August 2016, when the victim was 18 years old. KRUZYNSKI also used his Apple iPhone to take photographs of the victim engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The victim was a minor at the time the photographs were taken. KRUZYNSKI threatened to send the photographs to others if the victim did not see him again.
KRUZYNSKI is an attorney with a law office in Shelton.
KRUZYNSKI appeared this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joan G. Margolis in New Haven and was released on a $250,000 bond and electronic monitoring.
KRUZYNSKI was arrested on August 30, 2016 on related state charges.
If convicted of the production of child pornography charge, KRUZYNSKI faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 15 years, a maximum term of imprisonment of 30 years, and a fine of up to $250,000. The charge of possession of child pornography carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.
U.S. Attorney Daly stressed that a complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This matter is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Shelton Police Department, and the Connecticut Child Exploitation Task Force, which includes federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Neeraj N. Patel.
This prosecution is part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood Initiative, which is aimed at protecting children from sexual abuse and exploitation. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.
To report cases of child exploitation, please visit www.cybertipline.com.