Eric Von Kohorn, the former Wilton preschool paraprofessional accused of one count of illegal possession of child pornography in the second degree, will be released from prison Oct. 20 after serving two years behind bars on a six-year suspended sentence, according to corrections officials.
Von Kohorn will have to register with the sex offender registry, and will need probation authorization to access the Internet once he is released from prison.
He had served the bulk of his sentence at Enfield Correctional Center, but was recently transferred for reasons unknown to the Brooklyn Correctional Center in Brooklyn, Conn., a medium-security facility.
His actual release date is Oct. 22, a Sunday, but the prison staff never releases inmates on the weekend. That means they would actually process his release paperwork and let him go on Friday, Oct. 20, a corrections official said.
He will serve 10 years probation.
Von Kohorn was originally arrested by state police Aug. 20, 2014. He was charged with first-degree possession of child pornography and promoting a minor in an obscene performance.
He was arrested after an investigation by the Connecticut State Police Computer Crimes Investigations team, which commands the state Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
School district officials became aware of the investigation on June 11, 2014, and placed Von Kohorn on administrative leave immediately. He formally resigned his position on June 16, 2014.
Later, the state dropped the charge of promoting a minor in an obscene performance and reduced the charge of possession to a third-degree offense.
According to one of Von Kohorn’s attorneys, Jason Sheffield of Peters, Rubin & Sheffield in Atlanta, Ga., Von Kohorn entered an Alford plea, which allowed him to plead guilty although he disagreed with the state’s evidence. He took this step, Sheffield said, because the state’s evidence against him was great and he realized a jury trial could have resulted in a guilty verdict with a greater sentence.
Sheffield said in a phone interview Oct. 12 that Von Kohorn has a support network of family and friends in place to stay with when he is released from prison.
“He has a tremendous support group of people who know him to be a good and honorable man, people who know he would never do anything to a child, and has never done anything to a child. He will be with friends and family and move forward with his life,” said Sheffield, who said the next step could also involve living in a halfway house. “That is usually the decision of the Department of Corrections,” he said.
“I’m not sure of his immediate plans, but I know he will be in good hands and will be a good person that we know him to be,” Sheffield said.
Von Kohorn was hired by the school district in 2007 after undergoing a background check.
Two families in Wilton have filed a lawsuit against the town alleging Von Kohorn molested their children, who were preschool students at the time.