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Philip Godek pleads guilty to possession of child porn charges, officials say

A Nesconset man, who was the first person to face a child pornography charge in Suffolk County under a then-newly enacted state law 32 years ago, pleaded guilty to unrelated federal charges of possession of child pornography Friday, officials said.

Philip Godek, who entered his plea in federal court in Central Islip, was arrested by FBI agents in May 2012 after the landlords entered his apartment and found pornography, officials said.

The landlords, who were identified only as John and Jane Doe, said they entered the apartment after hearing what sounded like an alarm going off, officials said.

Godek had been their tenant for 13 years, but he had not paid rent for the past three months, according to Eastern District Assistant U.S. Attorney Allen Bode.

FBI agents, who obtained a warrant and searched the apartment, found a "substantial volume" of child pornography that involved boys who appeared to be as young as 10 years old, according to court records.

When he was arrested, Godek told agents that he downloaded images of child pornography off the Internet, court papers said.

Officials said Godek was unemployed and had recently been living in his car when he was arrested at a Medford storage facility he had been using.

In 1982, Godek was arrested under a new section in state pornography law designed to curtail child pornography, officials said at the time.

He was arrested then for attempting to sell an undercover investigator films produced in Denmark that showed teenage boys engaged in sexual acts, officials said.

A search of Godek's then Smithtown home uncovered 100 pornographic films and 75 magazines.

A Suffolk prosecutor said at Godek's arraignment that he had been importing the pornography for four years and had been selling the films for $150 and the magazines for $40.

Godek was eventually convicted of the felony of promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child, and sentenced to 5 years probation, officials said.

Godek faces a mandatory sentence of 10 years in prison because of his previous child pornography conviction when he is sentenced, prosecutor Bode said.

Godek's attorney, federal public defender Randi Chavis, and Bode both declined to comment after the plea.

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