Jail Door Jail door. Courtesy photo.

A U.S. District Court judge Monday afternoon sentenced a former Shelton attorney who pleaded guilty to a child exploitation offense to 13 years in prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release.

Peter Kruzynski, 51, pleaded guilty in January to one count of enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity. The sentencing guidelines called for Judge Jeffrey Meyer, who is based out of New Haven, to sentence Kruzynski to a minimum of 10 years in prison. In addition to his sentence, Kruzynski was also ordered to pay $215,000 in restitution.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Kruzynski used his mobile phone and text messaging to entice a male victim to engage in sexual activity in his home. Court records indicate he engaged in sex acts with the victim from between 2009 to 2016, beginning when the boy was 12 years old.

On one occasion, court documents said, Kruzynski used his phone to take photographs of the victim engaged in sexually explicit conduct when the boy was 17 years old.

According to the July 12 government’s sentencing memo, Kruzynski “then used those photographs and other means to blackmail, control, and further sexually exploit the victim. Mr. Kruzynski threatened to send the photographs to others if the victim ended their relationship or did not continue to spend time with Mr. Kruzynski.” In addition, the sentencing memo states  Kruzynski “even threatened to use his status as an attorney to jeopardize the victim’s future career hopes if the victim told others about the abuse. This conduct did not stop until August 2016, when the victim was 18 years old and reported the abuse to the police.”

In addition to the charge he pleaded guilty to, the former attorney was also charged with the production of child pornography. That charge was dismissed on Monday during Kruzynski’s sentencing.

Peter Kruzynski Peter Kruzynski. Courtesy Photo.

In his July 3 defendant’s memo in aid of sentencing, Kruzynski said he took “full responsibility for his wrongful conduct.” The memo goes on to say that with the exception of the sex crime, Kruzynski was a responsible citizen and attorney. The memo said Kruzynski, who never married, “maintained a good relationship with his parents and siblings.” It also states that Kruzynski had minimal contact with the criminal justice system. The only prior blemish on his record was a 1991 charge for driving while intoxicated, the pleading noted. The defense had requested that Kruzynski serve the minimum 10 years in prison.

Kruzynski was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1994. In December 2016, he was suspended from the practice of law as a general practitioner, on an interim basis following his arrest. Kruzynski, the government said, has been in custody since October 2016, when his bond was revoked for failing to comply with his release conditions.

Kruzynski was represented by Eugene Riccio of the Fairfield-based Law Offices of Eugene J. Riccio. After sentencing, Riccio told the Connecticut Law Tribune: “The case is a terrible tragedy from a number of perspectives for all involved.” He did not elaborate.

The matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Shelton Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Neeraj Patel.