For Immediate Release - December 11, 2012

Jamaica Plain Man Pleads Guilty, Sentenced to Prison for Possessing and Distributing Child Pornography

BOSTON – A Jamaica Plain man has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to one year in state prison for possessing child pornography and distributing the material over a file sharing network on the Internet, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today.

“This defendant not only used his computer to obtain images and video files containing child pornography, he also shared the material over the Internet,” AG Coakley said. “This defendant will be serving time in state prison for exploiting children, a serious and disturbing offense.”

Jose Guzman, age 42, pleaded guilty Monday to charges of Dissemination or Possession of Obscene Matter (2 counts), Dissemination of Child Pornography (2 counts), and Possession of Child Pornography. After the plea was entered, Superior Court Judge Carol Ball sentenced Guzman to one year to one year and one day in state prison. He was also ordered to serve five years of probation after the completion of his prison sentence.

As conditions of probation, Guzman must undergo sex offender evaluation and treatment, cannot have any contact with children under 16 years of age, and cannot use the Internet except for work related reasons. Judge Ball also ordered that Guzman be prohibited from loitering in areas where children tend to congregate and be prohibited from visiting, entering, or using any online chat room bulletin board service or social networking site, among other conditions

On January 31, 2011, Guzman was arrested at his residence in Jamaica Plain by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Office.  Authorities executed a search warrant at the residence and discovered numerous videos of child pornography. Guzman was subsequently arraigned in West Roxbury District Court. Guzman was indicted by a Suffolk County Grand Jury on August 15, 2011. Yesterday, he pleaded guilty to all charges and was sentenced to state prison. 

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Timothy Wyse, of AG Coakley’s Cyber Crime Division and was investigated by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General’s Office and investigators from the AG’s Computer Forensics Lab.

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