Juneau man pleads guilty in child pornography case

Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Juneau man has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of attempting to possess child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

Joseph Geist, 51, entered his plea in U.S. District Court Tuesday, the prosecutors said.

Geist was indicted by a federal grand jury in November. He was accused originally of trying to lure a 14-year-old boy into sex acts by promising favors. He was also charged with possession of child pornography.

According to the indictment, Geist phoned and e-mailed the boy asking for sex in exchange for trips to New York and the Alaska State Fair. The calls and e-mails started in June 2002.

Geist was charged in federal court because he used the Internet to try to solicit the boy, Juneau police said in November.

Under a plea agreement, Geist agreed to attend sex offender treatment through the Bureau of Prisons and to forfeit his laptop computer, which was used to obtain the images of child pornography.

He faces a maximum of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

Sentencing before U.S. District Judge John W. Sedwick is scheduled for May 10.

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