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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Former Musical Director at St. Agnes Cathedral on Long Island Sentenced to 72 Months in Prison for Receiving Child Pornography

Defendant Chatted via the Kik Messenger Program Utilizing the Username “pervdad516”

Earlier today, in federal court in Central Islip, Michael Wustrow, a former musical director at St. Agnes Cathedral on Long Island, was sentenced by United States District Judge Denis R. Hurley to 72 months in prison for receiving child pornography.  As part of his sentence, Wustrow will also be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.  The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge in June 2019.

Jacquelyn M. Kasulis, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and Michael J. Driscoll, Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), announced the sentence.

“Today’s sentence underscores the serious consequences Wustrow will face for years to come for his sordid role in receiving child pornography and perpetuating the sexual abuse of children,” stated Acting United States Attorney Jacquelyn M. Kasulis.  “Protecting vulnerable children from predators and those who traffic in child pornography will always be a priority of this Office and the Department of Justice.”  Ms. Kasulis extended her grateful appreciation to the FBI’s Long Island Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force leading the investigation.

“Mr. Wustrow actions, and the material he collected, are a shock to our collective conscience. Thankfully, he's now headed to federal prison where he will no longer be a danger to the innocent children who have no ability to protect themselves from evil,” stated FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Driscoll.

In June 2016, law enforcement officers acting in an undercover capacity engaged in chats with Wustrow via the Kik Messenger program (hereinafter “Kik”), which is an instant messaging service, during which the defendant discussed child pornography and shared images of child pornography with the officer.  Wustrow utilized the Kik username “pervdad516.”  In September 2017, Wustrow was found to be in possession of multiple images on his iPhone of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Among these images was a picture of a toddler being abused by an adult male, which Wustrow had received from the Kik messaging app.

The government’s case is being handled by the Office’s Long Island Criminal Division.  Assistant United States Attorney Oren Gleich is in charge of the prosecution. 

The Defendant:

MICHAEL WUSTROW
Age:  59
Freeport, New York

E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 19-CR-00087 (DRH)

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Contact: 
John Marzulli United States Attorney’s Office (718) 254-6323
Updated October 13, 2021