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Westminster man pleads guilty to possessing child pornography, is given 9 months in prison

Westminster man pleads guilty to possessing child pornography, is given 9 months in prison
Andrew James Reuschlein (Courtesy photo)

A Westminster man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to possessing child pornography and was sentenced to serve nine months in prison.

Andrew James Reuschlein, 19, of the unit block of Rich Mar St., pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing child pornography, according to electronic court records.

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Reuschlein — who was charged with child pornography possession and distribution after he knowingly possessed visual representations of a person under 16 engaged in sexual conduct — was given a five-year sentence, but the majority of that time is suspended, records show.

He’s planned to serve nine months in jail and spend the rest of his term on supervised probation, said Cara Frieman, senior assistant state’s attorney with the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office. If he violates the terms of his probation, he could spend the remainder of his sentence in jail.

In December, police investigated a tip that a person had uploaded several images and videos depicting what was suspected to be child pornography to Tumblr, according to the statement of probable cause, and the platform provided the IP address for the user, whose screenname was uxderagedperv.

Police linked the IP address to Reuschlein and conducted a search of his home in January, seizing multiple electronic devices to be examined, the statement read. He told police he once had a Tumblr account used to observe child pornography, which he said he knew was illegal, and said he had “reblogged” images he saw on the forum that depicted it, according to the statement.

Upon his release, Reuschlein will be required to register as a tier-one sex offender, the least restrictive level of sex offender in the state.

The state asked for a five-year sentence with all but one year suspended, Frieman said.

When asked if the State’s Attorney’s Office had any comment on the case, Frieman said she did not have any comment “beyond what’s available.”

Reuschlein is in custody at Carroll County Detention Center, she added.

Reuschlein was represented by Stephen Luskin Miles, who declined to comment on the case Wednesday evening.

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