PITTSFIELD -- A city man set to plead guilty to federal child pornography charges later this month is expected to get up to 50 years in prison in a case that doesn’t include the child rape charges he is facing locally.
According to state and federal law enforcement officials, Jason Gendron, 35, coerced a young girl into sexually explicit behavior in order to film her and recorded other young girls in various states of undress between May 2011 and July 16 of last year and then distributed the material. He also possessed other child pornography, including images of children as young as 2 years old.
In the summer of 2013, Massachusetts State Police executed a warrant to search Gendron’s home computer expecting to find child pornography. They didn’t expect to find videos of the young local girls, according to prosecutors.
In one video, Gendron is allegedly seen having sex with a then 14-year-old girl in his bathroom. The other videos are of unclothed local girls who were ages 4 and 7.
There is a fourth victim who appears in the federal indictment, but her age is not given nor are the specific incidents involving her.
On the state level, Gendron is charged with 10 felonies, including multiple counts of rape and abuse of a child aggravated by an age difference, and indecent assault and battery of a person under 14.
Federal prosecutors ended up charging Gendron with 16 counts of sexual exploitation of children and a single count of child porn possession.
He is scheduled to plead guilty to the federal charges July 29 in United States District Court in Springfield before Judge William G. Young.
According to court documents, the agreed upon plea between Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven H. Breslow and Gendron’s attorney, Marissa Elkins, is for between 40 and 50 years in federal prison followed by a decade of supervised release and a fine.
On Wednesday in Berkshire Superior Court, Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Rachael Eramo said the defendant would be pleading guilty to the state charges on Oct. 21, after he is sentenced on the federal charges.
She told Judge John A. Agostini that there would likely be an agreed upon plea between her office and Joshua C. Hochberg, Gendron’s attorney on the state charges.
Part of the federal plea deal includes Gendron pleading to all 10 charges in Berkshire Superior Court.
Gendron is currently being held on $100,000 cash or $1 million surety bail. A federal detainer has also been placed on the defendant, meaning even if he were to make bail, he would still be held at the federal level.
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