Juneau man pleads to federal child porn charges

Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau man accused of using the Internet to attempt to lure a young boy into a sexual relationship has pleaded guilty to attempted possession of child pornography.

Joseph L. Geist, 51, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court.

A grand jury indicted Geist in November on charges of using electronic mail and a cell phone for attempted sexual abuse of a minor and possession of child pornography.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Geist allegedly promised trips, gifts and driving lessons from June 2002 through November 2002 as incentives to convince a 13-year-old boy to have a sexual relationship with him.

The two never had a sexual relationship, according to court records.

Geist has agreed to attend a sexual offender treatment program while in prison and to forfeit a laptop computer he used to collect images of child pornography.

At sentencing May 10, he faces up to five years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

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