A West Los Angeles man who previously worked as a teacher’s assistant was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in federal prison for distributing child pornography via a peer-to-peer file-sharing system on his computer, according to officials.
The images involved in this case depicted children under the age of 15, including child images deemed to be “sadistic” under the federal sentencing rules.
U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald sentenced Steven Petlak, 53.
Petlak pleaded guilty in July to one count of distribution of child pornography.
In a plea agreement filed with the court, Petlak admitted that, on multiple dates, he used peer-to-peer software on his computer hard drive to share graphic images of child molestation.
“Predators who seek out child pornography online threaten the safety and well-being of the most vulnerable in our real-world community,” said U.S. Attorney Eileen M. Decker. “This defendant’s conduct exemplifies a horrific and dark part of our society, and the sentence today reflects the harm caused by defendants who trade in these heinous materials.”
In court filings, Petlak admitted that he made an effort to seek out the worst types of child pornography he could find – in Petlak’s words, “the really dark stuff.” While on pretrial release in this matter, Petlak was caught by law enforcement looking at what appeared to be graphic images of a juvenile female.
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