Baldwin man pleads guilty to child porn charges

News-DemocratNovember 20, 2013 

A Baldwin man has pleaded guilty to receiving and possessing child pornography.

Michael "Tony" A. Nieweglowksi Jr., 47, pleaded guilty Wednesday to receipt of visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, access with intent to view visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and possession of visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according to Stephen R. Wigginton, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.

Nieweglowski faces up to 40 years in prison for count 1, and up to 20 years in prison for counts 2 and 3. He is eligible for enhanced penalties due to a 2000 conviction for predatory criminal sexual assault in Randolph County.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 21.

On Jan. 15, 2011, a Special Federal Officer with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Springfield Child Exploitation Task Force seized numerous media devices from Nieweglowski's camper trailer which was parked next to his parents' home, including a laptop computer that Nieweglowski could access in his parents' home and a thumb drive.

A forensic review of the laptop revealed approximately 79 visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct that had been downloaded via the internet. The thumb drive had approximately 80 visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Several of the photographs contained images of prepubescent minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct as well as images of minors that depicted sadistic behavior.

The case is assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Angela Scott.