BREAKING NEWS—July 16, 2015: It’s been 11 months since former Wilton Preschool Services aide Eric von Kohorn was arrested on charges of possession of child pornography, to which he initially plead ‘not guilty.’ In a Bridgeport courtroom today, he changed his plea to ‘guilty.’
Von Kohorn was arrested on Aug. 20, 2014. Originally the two charges filed against von Kohorn after his arrest were possession of child pornography first degree and promoting the obscene performance of a minor.
According to the court clerk, during today’s proceedings the state’s attorney filed a “substitute information,” something that allows the state to proceed with charging the accused without an indictment. Following that, the clerk said that Von Kohorn plead guilty to a charge of possession of child pornography second degree.
According to the CT penal code, the difference between first and second degree for the possession charge depends on the number of images: first degree is 50 or more images or one or more images depicting infliction of serious physical injury, and is considered a Class B felony; second degree is more than 20 images but fewer than 50, which is a Class C felony.
Von Kohorn’s sentencing is scheduled to take place Oct. 9. According to the criminal code, a Class C felony carries a mandatory prison sentence: “…any person found guilty under this section shall be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of which two years of the sentence imposed may not be suspended or reduced by the court.”
Calls to von Kohorn’s attorneys were not returned by press time.