On Thursday, a Brainerd community leader was sentenced for internet sex crimes: namely, possession of child pornography. As was discussed in an earlier post, elected officials can be subjected to heightened scrutiny in their daily affairs. As this Brainerd sex crimes story shows, community leaders are often subjected to the same heightened scrutiny as elected leaders.
In March, Steven Augustinack pleaded guilty to 18 felony counts of possessing pornographic images involving a minor. In August of 2010, Augustinack was named the Brainerd Citizen of the Year. He later declined to accept the award after being charged in this case.
As part of his sentence, Augustinack received five years of prison time. However, the sentencing judge elected to “stay” the prison time, meaning that Augustinack will not be required to spend time in prison so long as he complies with the terms of his probation. Instead of having Augustinack spend time in prison, the judge sentenced Augustinack to six months in the local jail. Augustinack will also be required to register as a predatory offender, complete a sex offender evaluation, and have no unsupervised contact with any girl under the age of 16.
Child pornography charges can be difficult to deal with and defend. The allegations carry a negative stigma that can permeate through all aspects of your life. However, an attorney with experience defending sex crimes and internet sex crimes can help you clear your name. If you are facing child pornography charges and would like to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney, contact Max A Keller today at 952-466-6926 or 866-929-7597.
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