A Valparaiso man is facing a maximum of 10 years in federal prison after
pleading guilty to a charge of possession of child pornography, the U.S.
Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana said.
On Wednesday, Jeffrey Alan Smith pleaded guilty to that charge—on the same
day in fact it was filed—and agreed to waive his right to indictment by
federal grand jury, according to court documents.
In exchange for his plea, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has agreed not to file
additional charges against Smith in connection with conduct “which is
related to this criminal investigation and is currently known to the
government,” the plea agreement states.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office will also recommend to the judge a reduction in
the “offense level” in recognition of Smith’s “acceptance of responsibility”
but will argue at sentencing for the applicability of two
enhancements: the first because the offense involved a child between the
ages of 12 and 15; the second because the offense involved the commission of
a sexual act or sexual contact, the plea agreement states.
The agreement is not binding on the judge.
No information was available on the investigation itself, other than the
fact that Smith was charged with possessing child pornography between Aug.
1, 2009, and Sept. 1, 2010.