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Jury selection begins in Ansonia child pornography trial

January 8, 2019

MILFORD — Jury selection began Tuesday in the case of an Ansonia man accused of trading child pornography on the Internet.

Steven Jalowiec Jr., 30, faces charges of first-degree possession of child pornography and promoting a minor in an obscene performance.

He was arrested Aug. 7, 2017 and released after posting a $5,000 bond.

According to an arrest warrant, Ansonia police began an investigation after detectives with the Milford Police Department’s Computer Crimes Division advised them that “a large amount of child pornography was being downloaded in Ansonia.”

A Milford detective searching peer-to-peer file-sharing software found an IP address sharing 211 pictures and three videos depicting child pornography, the warrant says.

Police got a court order to obtain the subscriber information from the Internet service provider linked to the IP address. The company told police the IP address was assigned to the house where Jalowiec was living.

Police then obtained a warrant to search the house. While doing so, the warrant says Jalowiec admitted downloading the files and sharing them on the Internet.

In court Wednesday Assistant State’s Attorney Amy Bepko and Jalowiec’s lawyer, Michael Hillis, began picking a six-member jury and three alternates to hear the case.

The trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 29 and take about three to five days, Judge Peter McShane said in court.

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