- Associated Press - Sunday, July 30, 2017

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - A former Alaska Air Force base airman was sentenced to over three years in prison for possessing child pornography, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Stephen Wyzatecki, 25, pleaded guilty to one charge of possession of child pornography, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported (https://bit.ly/2vj5cqL). He had been stationed at Eielson Air Force Base, about 26 miles (41.84 kilometers) southeast of Fairbanks, since 2015.

Law enforcement agents with the Project Safe Childhood program found almost 900 child pornographic images and 69 videos on Wyzatecki’s computer at the base, according to documents from the case. They tracked the former airman after he offered child pornography files to other users on a file sharing website, investigators said.

Wyzatecki will serve three years and two months in jail.

In his sentencing memo, Wyzatecki’s lawyer, Gary Colbath, argued that he is a good citizen and did not victimize anyone directly. Aside from serving in the Air Force for five years, Wyzatecki also went on a tour in Afghanistan and did community service, Colbath said.

Wyzatecki’s involvement with such material was limited to his personal viewing and downloading. He has never engaged in a contact offense, nor does the case evidence or his possession of the contraband material suggest in any manner, possession with the intent to actually make contact with or groom minor victims for sexual purposes of any kind,” he said.


Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, https://www.newsminer.com

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