Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Eugene Lewandowski, age 27, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, today to 30 years in prison followed by lifetime supervised release for sexual exploitation of a minor to produce child pornography and for transportation of child pornography. Judge Chasanow ordered that upon his release from prison, Lewandowski must register as a sex offender in the place where he resides, where he is an employee, and where he is a student, under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge William Winter of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); and Colonel Marcus L. Brown, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police.
According to information presented at Lewandowski’s sentencing hearing, Lewandowski took six videos of himself engaged in sexual acts with a sleeping five year old female, as well as additional videos of the child, including sexually explicit videos.
In addition, analysis of Lewandowski’s computers and other digital media revealed at least 14,000 images and videos documenting the sexual abuse of children. Lewandowski admitted using a file sharing program on his computer to distribute some of these images and videos.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.justice.gov/psc and click on the "resources" tab on the left of the page.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the HSI Baltimore and Maryland State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force for their work in the investigation, and thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristi N. O’Malley, who prosecuted the case.