Man gets 30 years for producing child porn

An Augusta man was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in prison for producing child pornography.

Robert Francis Kwasniak, 39, pleaded guilty to traveling to North Carolina on at least two occasions to have sex with a 15-year-old girl he met online. U.S. District Judge J. Randal Hall also sentenced Kwasniak to 10 years of supervised release after his prison term, and he will be required to register as a sex offender, according to a U.S. Justice Department news release.

According to the evidence presented at Kwasniak's guilty plea and sentencing hearings, he met a 15-year-old girl from North Carolina online in September 2007. After several months of online chats, Kwasniak traveled to North Carolina on at least two occasions to engage in sexual acts with the girl.  He videotaped those encounters. The investigation also revealed that Kwasniak had set up a page on a social networking site claiming to be 18 years old, when in fact he was 38.

U.S. Attorney Edward J. Tarver stated, "This sentence demonstrates that those who engage in deceptive and predatory acts to exploit and victimize minors, will serve long prison terms.  The United States Attorney's Office is committed to continuing its work with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to prosecute those who prey upon our children."  

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a Justice Department initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.   

The case was the result of a joint investigation conducted by Special Agent Ben Williams of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Special Agent Michael Smith of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and Special Agent Brian Ozden of the FBI.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Nancy Greenwood prosecuted the case.

 

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