Monday, October 13, 2008

Eric Lee Spiwak - Repeat Sex Offender - Guilty Child Porn

A Carteret County man convicted last week in federal court on a child pornography charge now faces punishment for the crime.

Eric Lee Spiwak, 61, of Newport, pled guilty Oct. 6 before U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle to possession of child pornography.

Because of prior convictions for indecent liberties, Spiwak faces up to 20 years imprisonment followed by a lifetime of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000, according to the Department of Justice for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Spiwak's conviction comes two years after several zipdrive computer discs containing child pornography were seized from his home. Forensic analysis of the discs revealed 460 images of either child pornography or child erotica, officials reported via a news release.

The search warrant executed at Spiwak's home followed his arrest on a related incident via the Internet in which he had several sexually explicit conversations with a Guilford County Sheriff's detective who was posing as a 14-year-old girl, it said.

On Sept. 8, 2006, Spiwak reportedly traveled from Newport to Greensboro with the intent to engage in illegal sexual conduct with the minor. He was arrested when he arrived at the location agreed to in those conversations.

A federal grand jury returned an indictment against Spiwak on July 23.

"Sadly, this case is another in the growing work of our Project Safe Childhood initiative," stated U.S. Attorney George E.B. Holding. "Whether one manufactures child pornography or provides a market by possessing it, all involved are victimizing innocent children and must be stopped and punished severely."

Investigation of the Spiwak case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation and the Guilford County Sheriff's Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ethan Ontjes served as prosecutor for the government.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

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