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Former Wilkes-Barre fb coach Joseph Ostrowski pleads guilty to producing child porn

By 69 News, follow: @69news, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Dec 19 2012 12:24:11 PM CST
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HARRISBURG, Pa. -

Federal officials say a former Wilkes-Barre football coach has pleaded guilty to several charges involving child pornography.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said 28-year-old Joseph J. Ostrowski was charged Tuesday with producing and attempting to produce child porn and interstate extortion.

Ostrowski, a former coach at Holy Redeemer High School, as part of a plea agreement, has pleaded guilty to the charges, including cyber stalking.

He was indicted by a federal grand jury in May in Scranton, and was also indicted for cyber stalking by a federal grand jury in Michigan.

Officials allege that Ostrowski persuaded and enticed, and attempted to persuade and entice, minors to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct and used the Internet to extort and attempt to extort nude photographs, images, and live transmissions of sexual conduct.

According to the government, Ostrowski’s production and attempted production of child pornography, interstate extortion activities, and cyber stalking occurred during 2006 through May 2012 and involved victims in Pennsylvania, New York, North Carolina, California, Texas, Florida, New Jersey, Michigan, Ohio, Virginia, Minnesota, Indiana, Alabama, and Maryland.

Some victims were adults, and some were minors; they included students who participated in athletic programs.

U.S. Attorney Peter Smith said, “Sextortion, whether the victims are allegedly adults or minors, is an ugly and vicious crime. Schools, as well as parents and potential victims, need to be alert and responsive to signs of this insidious abuse of social media. For that reason, we are providing information about this case to organizations that represent colleges and universities so they, in turn, can develop programs to inform and assist students who may be potential victims to identify, resist, and report such conduct to law enforcement as soon as possible.”

The plea agreement calls for a 25-year prison term for Ostrowski, to be followed by a lifetime of supervised release. The plea agreement is subject to the approval of the U.S. District Court Judge.