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Department of Justice
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District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 30, 2018

Shelton Attorney Sentenced to 13 Years in Federal Prison for Child Exploitation Offenses

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that PETER G. KRUZYNSKI, 51, of Shelton, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven to 156 months of imprisonment, followed by 10 years of supervised release, for child exploitation offenses.

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, when the victim was 17 years old, KRUZYNSKI used his phone to take photographs of the victim engaged in sexually explicit conduct.  KRUZYNSKI then threatened to send the photographs to others if the victim did not continue to engage in sexual activity with KRUZYNSKI or spend time with KRUZYNSKI.  KRUZYNSKI, who was a lawyer, also threatened to use his status to jeopardize the victim’s future career hopes if the victim told others about the abuse.

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  He has been in custody since October 24, 2016, when his bond was revoked for failing to comply with his release conditions.  On January 3, 2018, he pleaded guilty to one count of enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity.

As part of a civil settlement, KRUZYNSKI has agreed to pay the victim $215,000, and Judge Meyer today ordered KRUZYNKI to pay restitution in that amount.

This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Shelton Police Department.  The case was 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.

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Updated July 30, 2018