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Posted: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 1:20 pm

BOISE - Steven Kutzner, 33, of Boise, was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge to serve 15 months in federal prison for Possession of Obscene Visual Representations

of the Sexual Abuse of Children. Kutzner pleaded guilty in October 2010. He will also be on supervised release for three years after he is released from prison and will have to participate in sex offender treatment.

The investigation began in December 2008, after German Federal Police discovered evidence that Kutzner's IP address offered a child pornography file for download on Oct. 4 and 5, 2008. Kutzner was a teacher at Lake Hazel Middle School in Meridian and resigned immediately after the search warrant was served at his home.

"This case is troubling because Kutzner held a position of public trust as a middle school teacher," said Leigh Winchell, special agent in charge of U.S. Homeland Security Investigations in the Pacific Northwest. "HSI's commitment to protecting our young ones from exploitation is unwavering."

When Homeland Security agents in Boise searched Kutzner's computer, they discovered more than 500 pornographic image files of unknown teenaged females. Because the identity of young women depicted was not known, investigators were unable to prove they were under 18 years of age. Investigators also found more than 8,000 image files of child erotica, many involving prepubescent minors. Child erotica are non-nude or semi-nude photographs and videos of children in sexually suggestive poses that are not themselves images of child pornography, but still fuel the sexual fantasies of pedophiles and others who have developed a sexual interest in minors.

The crime Kutzner pleaded guilty to involved 70 animated, cartoon pornographic images of minors, including a toddler, engaged in graphic sex acts with adults and animals.

According to court documents, Kutzner had been downloading, receiving and viewing sexually explicit images of actual children for at least eight years. He avoided being charged with a child pornography offense because he had used wiping programs to delete the child pornography images from his computer prior to execution of the search warrant.

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

"This office will aggressively pursue prosecution of those who possess images depicting the sexual victimization of children," said U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson. "We must be vigilant in protecting our communities from those who would exploit children. I commend Assistant United States Attorney Jim Peters and the Homeland Security agents who handled this case so

effectively."

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2 comments:

  • Eyedunno posted at 12:46 pm on Wed, May 25, 2011.

    Eyedunno Posts: 1

    I found this indirectly through Googling stuff related to a cracked.com mention of a similar case: http://www.cracked.com/article/192_6-insane-laws-well-need-in-future_p2/

    I'm basically with tyciol on this one. Society needs to strongly prosecute child rapists (including child pornographers and any who would support child pornography financially), but cases like this make me squeamish.

    Hell, Quite by accident, I (and probably millions of others as well) have seen a couple of Simpsons pictures like the ones in question, and while they are distasteful to say the least, is possessing (or even drawing) things like this really the kind of thing that should potentially ruin somebody's life?

    There are so many things wrong with this policy that aren't even hard to think of. For instance: Imagine I draw two stick figures having sex. Somebody else writes in a caption next to one of the figures saying "10 YEARS OLD". Which one of us is the criminal? Probably no jury in the world would convict us, fortunately, but the law is vague enough that they COULD.

    And where does this kind of thinking end, anyway? It seems that for a lot of people, intent is a consideration, but if a Sears catalog is used by a pedophile to "fuel [his/her] sexual fantasies," is that justification for prosecutory action based on the mere possession of Sears catalogs? Or what about pornography featuring waifish, but adult, actors? Australia has already instituted a ridiculous ban on women with small breasts in pornography. Is America next?

     
  • tyciol posted at 10:16 pm on Sat, May 14, 2011.

    tyciol Posts: 1

    This is very prettied up and overlooks the injustice of the entire event: police have no evidence that this man was actually looking at or in possession of real images of children. They present a nice story, but can't prove it.

    They state this man would exploit children without evidence. This man had cartoons that someone drew. Having cartoons penned from people's imaginations should not be a crime, their creation necessitates no harm.

     
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