Pornography Crime Victories

  • A U.S. Air Force Sergeant was charged with one count of Possession of Pre-pubescent Child Pornography in the Southern District of Illinois. After pushing the case to the day before trial, the defendant decided that he wanted to plead guilty to the Court without a plea bargain. The U.S. Attorney's office was asking for a sentence in excess of 10 years in federal prison; however, FJ&R was able to get probation for the servicemember who was then allowed to complete his probation in Oklahoma. Matthew Radefeld handled the case.

  • A California man was arrested while staying in St. Louis City with nine counts of Possession of Child Pornography. The Circuit Attorney's office was asking the Court to sentence this defendant to 10 years in prison; however, Frank, Juengel & Radefeld was able to get probation for the young man who was then allowed to complete his probation in California. Matthew Radefeld handled the case.

  • A Chicago, Illinois man was in St. Louis for business when his laptop was confiscated by Federal agents for Possession of Child Pornography. Matthew Radefeld was able to discuss the matter with the U.S. Attorney's office and argued to them that they would never be able to prove that the defendant knowingly had the incriminating videos on his work laptop, as there had been dozens of people who had access to that computer over the last couple of months. The federal prosecutors offered a 6-month pre-trial diversion program in lieu of charges being filed.

  • A St. Louis County college student was charged with Possession of Child Pornography - Class B Felony. After a very lengthy sentencing hearing, Matthew Radefeld was able to convince the Court, over the objections of the State prosecutor's, to grant this young man probation wherein he would not have a conviction on his record upon successful completion of his probation. Mr. Radefeld was also able to convince the federal prosecutor's not to pursue charges, as well.

  • A St. Ann man was charged with 2 counts of Possession of Child Pornography in St. Louis County courts. The prosecutor's asked the Court to sentence defendant to 8 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections; however, after arguing significant sentencing mitigating information to the judge, Defendant was granted probation and house arrest. Matthew Radefeld handled the defense and was also able to convince federal prosecutors not to pursue the matter in Federal Court.

  • A St. Charles County man was charged in St. Louis County with Possession of Child Pornography. The prosecutors were asking for 4 years in prison; however, Matthew Radefeld was able to convince the Court that this man was not a predator or a danger to the community. He was sentenced to probation over the prosecutor's objections.

  • A St. Louis City man plead guilty to Possession of Child Pornography. Matthew Radefeld handled the case and was able to get two years probation for the man where there would be no conviction upon successful completion of his probation. Mr. Radefeld was also able to convince federal prosecutors not to pursue the matter.

  • A Lincoln County man was charged with eight counts of Possession of Child Pornography and facing up to 32 years in prison and lifetime registration as a sex offender. Attorneys filed numerous pre-trial motions in the case and challenged the State at every stage of the proceedings. After deposing the State's forensic expert and highlighting several significant weaknesses in the State's case, the defense retained its own expert to review all of the evidence and provide a convincing argument for the man's innocence. The State dismissed the case a week before trial.

  • A St. Charles County man was charged with 3 counts of Promoting Child Pornography to a Minor and 2 counts of Tampering with a Computer User's email account. Matthew Radefeld handled the case for the defense and was able to get all but one change dismissed by the prosecutor and the sole remaining count was amended to Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Defendant was ultimately given probation.

  • Federal charges of possession of child pornography were dropped in the Southern District of Illinois against a Fairfield man. The defendant had initially denied possession but then later confessed to the FBI. After months of legal maneuvering, Dan Juengel and Matthew Radefeld discovered technical problems with the computer seized, and procured a plea bargain to a separate offense of lying to a federal agent. The defendant ultimately received probation and 90 days house arrest on that charge.

  • The FBI's Operation Candyman case was dismissed resulting in Federal Child Pornography charges being dropped against a Maryland Heights man. The defendant initially pled guilty and was sentenced. He learned another Candyman Defendant had his case dropped after Daniel Juengel and Matthew Radefeld had successfully challenged a search warrant in that case. The Maryland Heights man dropped his former attorney and hired Mr. Juengel. Ultimately, Daniel Juengel was successful in proving the previous attorney was ineffective and the defendant should have never pled guilty. The Court overturned the conviction and the Government dismissed the case rather than fight it out in court again.

  • A St. Louis television executive was able to get evidence of possession of child pornography suppressed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri based on an invalid search warrant. Having no additional evidence against the defendant, the United States Attorney's Office had no choice but to dismiss the case against the television executive. This case was based on a nationwide child pornography sting on the internet called "Operation Candyman." We were the first firm in the United States to have evidence suppressed in this nationwide investigation and prosecution. Dan Juengel was lead counsel on the case and was assisted by Matthew Radefeld.