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UPDATE: Dayton man sentenced to 292 months in prison in child porn case

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RHEA COUNTY, TN (WRCB) - UPDATE: Brian Krzeczowski was sentenced in U.S. Federal Court Monday morning. United States District Judge Harry Mattice sentenced Krzeczowski to 292 months in prison, a little more than 24 years.

A multi-year investigation between local authorities and the FBI led to the arrest of Brian Krzeczowski at his Rhea County home in October 2014.

"And inside the bedroom as we were searching we found a table, kind of like a false bottom," says Investigator Rocky Potter with the Rhea County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators found thousands of images of young children.

"Underneath that table there were probably four to 5,000 DVDs, CDs all in holders and some of them were labeled what the contents would be and then some of them were labeled with false names and they would actually be child pornography on it."

Krzeczowski pleaded guilty in December to one federal count of possession, production, distribution and receiving child pornography.

Before his sentencing, the judge allowed both a victim and Krzeczowski to make a statement before the court.

The victim, now 20, explained through tears to the judge when she was 16 years old she was in an online relationship with Krzeczowski under the impression he was a 19-year-old man. She said Krzeczowski bullied her in to sending him nude photographs and then threatened to post her photos all over the internet.

She said, "It's affected my life in many ways. I have a lot of trust issues." She went on to say, "All the stuff he has said to me has hurt me in many ways. I want him gone."

Krzeczowski told the judge, "I'm not a predator. I've been happily married for 13 years. My wife and I were going through a tough time when this happened. I was in the process of turning things around when I was busted."

The judge told Krzeczowski while he believed his remorse, under the law he could not give him a "second chance" like he begged for.

"He spent hours and hours in his bedroom according to him after I spoke with him. He said that he just kind of got wrapped up in it over a course of time," says Potter.

The U.S. Attorney's Office dropped three other charges against him.

Krzeczowski will have to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence and once he is released he will be on 5 years of probation. Krzeczowski's attorney did not want to comment.




PREVIOUS STORY:  Brian Lee Krzeczowski, the Rhea County man indicted Friday on child porn charges, faced a judge Wednesday morning.  

He entered not guilty pleas to all 4 counts against him.    

Krzeczowski will stay behind bars, without bond.  No new court date was set.   


PREVIOUS STORY: A Dayton man is behind bars charged with possessing more than 4 thousands images of child pornography. The collection was found inside of his home behind an elementary school in Rhea County.

Authorities say the discovery is one of the largest collections of child porn ever found in the state of Tennessee.

"I was devastated about it as you can see i've got kids of my own and feel sorry for all those kids that happened to," said neighbor Amanda Simmons.

Neighbors in Dayton are shocked 41-year-old Brian Lee Krzeczowski is accused of having, copying, and trading child pornography. He lives here with his wife and parents less than 1,000 feet away from Rhea Central Elementary School.

"We don't live in a society anymore where neighbors lookout for neighbors that's gone," said neighbor Tabatha Coleman.

Deputy Rocky Potter told Channel 3 their investigation into Krzeczowski started last year online.

"The difficulty was that he would use 4 or 5 different user names and use different sites. I don't know if he would become scared or leary and then all of a sudden he would disappear," said Inv. Potter, Rhea County Sheriff's Dept.

The big break in the case came after parents in Gallatin, Tn.told police the 41-year-old was posing as a young girl online asking their teenage daughter for nude pictures. That tip led to a search warrant. Deputies say they couldn't believe what was found.

"Probably 4 to 5 thousand images of child pornography some of them in the age range of 5 to 8 years old.. most in the pre-teens and teenager," said Inv. Potter.

Officials say Krzeczowski even searched the online database of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in an attempt to contact a child however officials say he never did make physical contact all of his communication stayed online. Deputies said they contacted Federal Agents when it was discovered there were children from out of state involved. .

"No matter the extent whether it's just pornography or whether it was actual contact it's still abuse against children," said Simmons.

Krzeczowski's wife was too upset to talk with us. Neighbors and distant family members tell us off camera there were no warning signs. The 41-year-old is an active church member, with no criminal record.

"I couldn't imagine it," said Simmons. "It's heartbreaking I mean I'm glad he is off the streets."

If convicted the charges carry a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison, Deputies say because Krzeczowski lives within 1,000 feet from an elementary school and continued to view child porn online after the investigation started, a sentence could be increased..

Krzeczowski is being held in Hamilton County's Silverdale Correctional Facility without bond. His first court appearance will be in Federal Court, Wednesday. Authorities say he has been appointed an attorney.

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