A Massapequa man pleaded guilty to child exploitation charges in federal court in Central Islip on Friday and will face a mandatory sentence of life plus 10 years in prison, officials said.
Jay Kroll, 58, had served six years in state prison in the 1990s for sodomizing an 11-year-old boy, and upon release became a registered sex offender, Eastern District prosecutors Allen Bode and Artie McConnell said.
The current case arose in 2013 after agents of Homeland Security Investigations searching the Internet came across what they believed was Kroll accessing child pornography, the prosecutors said. In searching Kroll's home, they found hundreds of pictures of him sexually abusing another boy in 2011 when that youngster was 12- and 13-years-old, the prosecutors said.DataLI crime stats
Kroll pleaded guilty to two counts of sexually exploiting a child, one count of possession of child pornography and one count of being a registered sex offender who committed a felony involving a child.
In entering his plea before U.S. Magistrate A. Kathleen Tomlinson, Kroll said little except to agree that the prosecutors account was correct.
Kroll's plea came shortly before his trial on the charges was scheduled to begin on Monday.
Sources said Kroll pleaded to the life sentence to avoid the victim having to testify and having the highly graphic details of the case being revealed publicly.
Kroll's attorney, Stuart Grossman, of Forest Hills, said afterward, that the automatic sentence, his client he will receive under federal law, was excessive, and he attempted unsuccessfully to convince prosecutors to seek lesser prison time.
"He didn't kill anyone," Grossman said, adding that he has represented a gang member who committed two murders and could have gotten him a sentence of only 35 years.
Federal prosecutors Bode and McConnell declined to comment afterward.
A sentencing date has not been set.