Tarzana Man Pleads Guilty to Charge of Distribution of Child Pornography

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Tarzana Man Pleads Guilty to Charge of Distribution of Child Pornography

A Tarzana man has agreed to plead guilty to one felony count of distribution of child pornography this past week. Al Abrams, who resigned from his post as the president of the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners in 2011, was arrested by local and federal officers in August of last year. Investigators searching his home found hundreds of images and videos of child pornography, some of which included children under the age of 12 and even infants engaging in “sexually explicit conduct” or in sadistic or masochistic situations. Abrams admitted to investigators that he had amassed the collection over more than a decade. Abrams was charged earlier this year in February with eight criminal offenses that included possessing, distributing and receiving child pornography using peer-to-peer file sharing programs on the internet. Under terms of the new plea bargain, Abrams will most likely be sentenced to anywhere from five to eight years in prison and lifetime supervised release once his prison term is served. Abrams will also be required to pay a fine of $5,000. After his arrest last year, Abrams, who owns a public relations firm that has worked on promoting ballot measures in Agoura Hills, Westlake Village and Walnut Creek, reportedly told a local television station that his illegal behavior could be blamed on a growth on his spine that left him with a split personality and made him more disposed to do things he would not normally have done. The growth has since been removed.

For many people convicted of a sex crime such as the possession of child pornography, no amount of public relations work will be enough to repair the damage done to their reputation. In most cases, having prison time on your record is damaging, though not insurmountable. But in a field such as public relations that is seemingly so much about a person or a company’s image and their perception by the public, being convicted of a serious sex crime may effectively end Abrams’ career. Long after his prison term has been completed and he has been released back into society, Abrams will have to be supervised by a probation or parole officer and will likely be required to register as a sex offender. In many cases similar to Abrams’, it is likely that a defendant will also be required to keep a specified distance from areas where children are known to congregate such as parks or schools.

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