United States Attorney Richard P. Donoghue has said that the Eastern District will continue to bring to justice those like Wustrow who contribute to the victimization of innocent children.
Michael Wustrow, the former musical director at St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre, New York, pleaded guilty today in federal court in Central Islip to receipt of child pornography. The proceeding was held before United States Magistrate Judge Gary R. Brown. When sentenced, Wustrow faces up to 20 years’ imprisonment.
Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), announced the guilty plea.
On September 11, 2017, Wustrow was found to be in possession of multiple images of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct on his cell phone. Among these images was a picture of a toddler being abused by an adult male, which Wustrow received from the messaging app, Kik. Through the messaging app, Wustrow also claimed to have had sexual contact with with an underage teenage boy and stated that he wanted to sexually abuse a 12- or 13-year-old boy. Wustrow has been incarcerated since his arrest on February 20, 2019.
The government’s case is being handled by the Office’s Long Island Criminal Division. Assistant United States Attorney Oren Gleich is in charge of the prosecution.