Sex offender gets 22 years for child porn

Edmund Ansbro, 44, who was previously convicted of

Edmund Ansbro, 44, who was previously convicted of sexually abusing a minor, was sentenced to 22 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to transporting child pornography in interstate commerce. (Credit: SCPD)

A Brooklyn man previously convicted of sexually abusing a minor was sentenced to 22 years in federal prison Friday after pleading guilty to transporting child pornography in interstate commerce.

Edmund Ansbro, 44, was ordered to undergo psychiatric counseling while in prison and to be supervised for life by federal probation officers after his release.

Before U.S. District Judge Denis Hurley in Central Islip imposed the sentence, Ansbro said: "I made some very bad choices, and I ask for forgiveness."


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Ansbro was arrested in 2010 as a result of an investigation by Suffolk police and FBI agents.

As a convicted sex offender, Ansbro faced a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison.

Eastern District federal prosecutor Allen Bode said the earlier conviction in Brooklyn in 2000 involved two children, ages 9 and 10.

In 2010, Ansbro was found to possess a "staggering" amount of child pornography, including 1,400 videos and 40,000 images, Bode said.

The prosecutor recommended that Ansbro be sentenced to 30 years in prison.

In requesting a minimum sentence, federal public defender Tracey Gaffey argued that her client had not been accused of molesting any children in the past 13 years, indicating he has been able to control whatever impulses he might have acted on in the past.

Hurley said his sentence takes into account Ansbro's history of drug and alcohol problems, and his assertions that he himself had been molested as a child by a neighbor.

Hurley also noted that Ansbro cooperated with authorities in helping to arrest another child pornographer after he was arrested.

Ansbro allowed a Suffolk detective to assume his identity online in communicating with others interested in child pornography, officials said.

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