Ansonia man averts child porn trial in plea deal

January 15, 2019

MILFORD — An Ansonia man scheduled to go to trial on child pornography charges took a plea deal Tuesday that will see him be sentenced to 10 years of probation.

Steven Jalowiec Jr., 30, pleaded guilty to a charge of promoting a minor in an obscene performance before Judge Peter Brown Tuesday.

Ansonia police charged Jalowiec with first-degree possession of child pornography in August 2017.

Jalowiec’s lawyer, Michael Hillis, and Assistant State’s Attorney Amy Bepko had begun picking a jury for a trial in the case this month, but instead struck a plea deal Tuesday.

According to an arrest warrant, Ansonia police began an investigation after detectives with the Milford Police Department’s Computer Crimes Division advised them that “a large amount of child pornography was being downloaded in Ansonia.”

A Milford detective searching peer-to-peer file-sharing software found an IP address sharing 211 pictures and three videos depicting child pornography, the warrant says.

Police got a court order to obtain the subscriber information from the Internet service provider linked to the IP address. The company told police the IP address was assigned to the house where Jalowiec was living.

Police then obtained a warrant to search the house. While doing so, the warrant says Jalowiec admitted downloading the files and sharing them on the Internet.

Under the terms of the deal, Jalowiec will be sentenced to a five-year suspended prison term and 10 years of probation, during which he must register as a sex offender and receive sex offender treatment.

Outside the courtroom, Hillis said his client did not admit to all of the conduct alleged by police, but took the plea deal to avoid the risk of a trial — and up to 40 years in prison if found guilty by a jury on all the charges.

“There’s three sides to every story,” Hillis said. “This was the best result out of a bad situation.”

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