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June 2022
Tim Bilecki

Bilecki’s Strategic Engagement with CID Saves Soldier from Child Porn Charges

Possession of Child Pornography in Violation of Article 134 of the UCMJ
Fort Riley, Kansas
Army E-4
No charges preferred.

The distribution of child pornography has been rampant since the onset of the internet, and it is a discernible truth that even those who do not seek it out may come across it. It is also true that in the era of apps like Snapchat, TikTok, and other platforms, an individual may very well come into possession of illegal content without fully knowing it is so.

We received a call from a client out of Fort Riley, Kansas, who was accused of possession of child pornography. Now, even if a client did knowingly receive such material, our justice system hinges on every defendant receiving a competent defense. However, it wasn’t clear if our client fell into that category, and we did our very best work regardless of the charges.

We’ve learned over the years that victory can come in all shapes and sizes. At times, you take the fight all the way to trial. At other times, you use your experience to negotiate the best possible outcome before charges are ever pursued. This case was the latter. Through strategic engagement with the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) and the prosecution, we skillfully prevented charges from being pursued. 

By defusing the bomb that was about to explode and destroy this young man’s life, we avoided the potential consequences of a court martial, adverse administrative action and the risk of imprisonment. It was our proactive approach and strong reputation within military justice circles that secured this positive outcome. As such, the service member’s reputation and career were now rescued from the abyss.

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