Shelton Attorney Pleads Guilty to Child Exploitation Offense
John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that PETER G. KRUZYNSKI, 51, of Shelton, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Alker Meyer in New Haven to one count of enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity.
According to court documents and statements made in court, KRUZYNSKI used his mobile phone and text messaging to entice a male victim, who was under the age of 16, to engage in sexual activity. Specifically, KRUZYNSKI sent text messages to the victim asking him to come to KRUZYNSKI’s home, where KRUZYNSKI then engaged in sexual activity with the victim. In addition, on one occasion in December 2014, KRUZYNSKI used his phone to take photographs of the victim engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The victim was under the age of 18, and therefore a minor under federal law, at the time the photographs were taken.
Judge Meyer scheduled sentencing for March 28, 2018, at which time KRUZYNSKI faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a maximum term of imprisonment of life.
KRUZYNSKI was arrested on a federal criminal complaint on September 16, 2016. He has been in custody since October 24, 2016, when his bond was revoked for failing to comply with his release conditions.
KRUZYNSKI is also charged with related state offenses.
KRUZYNSKI is an attorney who had a law practice in Shelton. On December 15, 2016, he was suspended from the practice of law on an interim basis following his arrest in this case.
This matter is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Shelton Police Department. 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.