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Valley Stream pedophile sentenced to 30 years

Undated handout photo of Bruce Wernick.

Undated handout photo of Bruce Wernick. Photo Credit: Handout

Bruce Wernick of Valley Stream, convicted in a notorious child molesting and child pornography case in 2005, was sentenced to 30 years in prison Friday in federal court in Central Islip.

Wernick was convicted of four pornography counts and of using his computer to induce two teenage boys into sex. But prosecutors told U.S. District Judge Denis Hurley that Wernick molested or conspired to molest seven other children - including a 4-year-old Dix Hills girl discussed in a "swapping" arrangement with her pedophile father.

In a letter to Hurley, the girl's mother, whose name was withheld, described Wernick as a "satanic man." She said she and her children were "still reliving the nightmare" of his "loathsome acts" nearly nine years after his September 2001 arrest.

"I'm asking the court to impose the harshest sentence possible for this inhumane person," wrote the mother. "He should not be allowed to be back in society on any level."

Wernick has denied molesting her.

His lawyer asked that the sentence be time already served - Wernick has been in prison for nine years - while prosecutor Lara Treinis Gatz wanted 35 years.

The 30-year sentence imposed by Hurley - who called Wernick a "predator" and a "manipulator" - was near the top of the 27- to 33-year range recommended by federal sentencing guidelines.

Wernick originally was charged in state court with molesting the 4-year-old girl, but that charge was dropped in favor of federal charges that he used his computer to seek out minors for sex, to spare the girl from being exposed to a criminal trial.

The two teenage boys who Wernick was convicted of inducing to have sex were from Long Island, as were four of the seven other children whom prosecutors allege that he molested or conspired to molest. Another was a 5-year-old girl from Westchester County.

At trial, prosecutors said Wernick trolled the Internet using names such as "Bart" and "Userfriendly" searching for children, other pedophiles, "bondage pictures" and other porn. One juror cried as they showed some of the 2,900 images and videos prosecutors said were found stored on Wernick's computer.

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