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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 19, 2020

Tuckahoe Tutor Charged With Sexual Exploitation Of A 7-Year-Old Minor And Transporting Child Pornography

Audrey Strauss, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and William F. Sweeney Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), announced today the arrest of JOHN MUESER.  MUESER, 69, is charged with sexual exploitation of a 7-year-old minor and with transporting child pornography from Fairfield County, Connecticut to Westchester County, New York.  MUESER was arrested this morning and is expected to be presented today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith C. McCarthy in White Plains federal court.

Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said:  “John Meuser allegedly used his position of trust as a tutor to engage in unspeakable acts with a 7-year-old child.  Alleged conduct such as Meuser’s can inflict long-lasting negative effects on victims which no child should ever endure. Meuser now faces federal charges and substantial prison time for his craven conduct, as alleged. I thank the FBI for their assistance in this case and urge anyone with knowledge of child sexual abuse to call 1-800-CALL-FBI.”

FBI Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr. said: “Announcements of charges like those we bring today should make anyone’s stomach turn.  Mueser allegedly induced his seven-year-old tutoring student to engage in sexually-explicit conduct and recorded it on his phone.  Mueser's conduct should shock the community into action to help others. The FBI will never waver in its commitment to protect our society's most vulnerable citizens, but we are all better working together as we try to protect our children.  We believe there may be more victims in this case, and we need your help.  We implore parents or family members of potential victims to contact us at 1-800-CALL-FBI.”

According to the Complaint[1] filed on November 17, 2020, and unsealed today in White Plains federal court:

On May 1, 2019, JOHN MUESER induced a 7-year-old minor, whom he was tutoring, to engage in sexually explicit conduct, used his iPhone to record the activity and then transported the images from Fairfield County, Connecticut to Westchester County, New York. 

On October 1, 2019, JOHN MUESER transported child pornography maintained on his iPhone from Westchester County, New York to Fairfield County, Connecticut.  

On or about March 19, 2020, JOHN MUESER was charged in Connecticut with Possession of Child Pornography, Risk of Injury to a Minor, Sexual Assault 4th, and Voyerism.

There may be more victims of this alleged conduct.  If you have information to report, contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-CALL-FBI.   

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MUESER, 69, of Tuckahoe, New York, is charged with one count of sexual exploitation, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum sentence of       30 years in prison, and one count of transportation of child pornography, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years in prison and a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.  The statutory maximum sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge.

Ms. Strauss praised the efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in connection with this investigation.  She added that the investigation is ongoing.

The prosecution is being handled by the Office’s White Plains Division.  Assistant United States Attorney Marcia S. Cohen is in charge of the prosecution.  

 

[1] As the introductory phrase signifies, the entirety of the text of the Complaint and the description of the Complaint set forth herein constitute only allegations, and every fact described should be treated as an allegation.

 
Contact: 
James Margolin, Nicholas Biase (212) 637-3600
Press Release Number: 
20-263
Updated November 19, 2020