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Shelton Lawyer Arrested On Federal Child Porn Charge In Blackmail Rape Case

Peter Kruzynski, a Shelton attorney, is facing federal charges of producing and possessing child pornography.
Peter Kruzynski, a Shelton attorney, is facing federal charges of producing and possessing child pornography. Photo Credit: Shelton Police Department
A Shelton attorney was charged with producing and possessing child pornography.
A Shelton attorney was charged with producing and possessing child pornography. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

SHELTON, Conn. -- A Shelton lawyer arrested last month on charges of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy has now been arrested on on federal charges of taking pornographic photos of his victim that he used later in a blackmail scheme, according to federal prosecutors.

Peter G. Kruzynski, 50, was arrested Friday on federal charges of production and possession of child pornography. He had previously been arrested on Aug. 30 by the state and charged with first-degree sexual assault, second-degree sexual assault, fourth-degree sexual assault, two counts of risk of injury, impairing morals of a minor and coercion.

According to Deirdre M. Daly, U.S. attorney for Connecticut, Kruzynski repeatedly engaged in sexual acts with the male victim, beginning in 2009 when the victim was 12 years old and continuing until August 2016, when the victim was 18.

Kruzynski also used his iPhone to take photographs of the victim engaged in sexually explicit conduct, Daly said. The victim was a minor at the time the photos were taken, and Kruzynski threatened to send the photographs to others if the victim did not see him again, according to Daly.

Kruzynski is an attorney with a law office in Shelton, Daly said. He appeared Friday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joan G. Margolis in New Haven and was released on $250,000 bond and electronic monitoring.

If convicted of production of chid pornography, Kruzynski faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison, a maximum of 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. The charge of possession of child pornography carries a maximum prison term of 10 years.

This matter is being investigated by the FBI, the Shelton Police Department, and the Connecticut Child Exploitation Task Force, which includes federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Neeraj N. Patel.

This prosecution is part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood Initiative, which is aimed at protecting children from sexual abuse and exploitation. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, visit www.justice.gov/psc .

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