Juneau man sentenced to more than two years

Posted: Wednesday, June 04, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) A Juneau man was sentenced to more than two years in federal prison for attempting to possess child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Joseph L. Geist, 52, was charged after an investigation uncovered more than 30 images involving males under the age of 18 on his personal computer. He also was charged with attempted sexual abuse of a minor.

Under a plea agreement, that charge was dropped. But Geist pleaded guilty in February to attempted possession of child pornography.

U.S. District Court Judge John W. Sedwick in Anchorage sentenced him to 27 months the maximum sentence possible, Assistant U.S. Attorney Deborah Smith said Tuesday.

Geist forfeited his computer to the government. He also agreed to refrain from living with children under the age of 18, or being in a building or facility with children under the age of 18.

Geist will have to attend sex offender treatment classes and register as a sex offender once he gets out of prison, Smith said.

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