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Two area men plead guilty to child porn distribution

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Two area men pled guilty to distributing child pornography Tuesday.

In separate hearings, Gregory Bukowski, 22, of Baltimore, and James Connolly, 64, of Fort Washington, Md., pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography. Connolly also pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography.

The guilty pleas were announced by U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein, the FBI’s special agent in charge, and the Baltimore County Police Department.

In Baltimore, Bukowski also pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography to an undercover law enforcement officer through an online file-sharing program. A forensic examination of computers and other digital media seized at Bukowski’s home revealed more than 600 visual depictions of minors, including children under the age of 12, engaged in sexually explicit conduct, which included sadistic or masochistic conduct, or other depictions of violence, authorities said.

Bukowski admitted that he had used webcam websites and had paid to watch children being sexually abused live on the internet, and directed the sexually explicit conduct via online messages, authorities said.

In Greenbelt, Connolly admitted he distributed 30 and 78 images of child pornography to undercover law enforcement officers and through an on-line file sharing program, respectively, in late 2009. About 50,000 images and 490 videos depicting children engaged in sexually explicit conduct were found on Connolly’s computers and hard drives.

As part of their plea agreements, Bukowski and Connolly must register as sex offenders in the place where they reside, where they are employees, and where they are students.

Both face a minimum mandatory sentence of five years and a maximum of 20 years in prison for distribution of child pornography; Connolly faces a maximum of ten years in jail for possession of child pornography, each followed by up to lifetime supervised release. Sentencing is scheduled for Connolly for September 26, 2011 and for Bukowski on September 21, 2011.

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