Wilton teen charged with possessing child pornography pleads guilty to risk of injury to minor

Exterior, Stamford Courthouse, Sept. 20, 2019.

Exterior, Stamford Courthouse, Sept. 20, 2019.

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STAMFORD — A Wilton teen accused of possessing child sex abuse videos could have charges dropped if he successfully completes a pretrial probation program, according to a state prosecutor.

Moses Trujillo, 19, and his attorney, Christine Landis, reached an agreement with Assistant State’s Attorney Daniel Cummings Wednesday afternoon.

Trujillo was charged with three counts of possession of child pornography on Feb. 8.

Under the deal, Trujillo will enter a conditional guilty plea to a charge of risk of injury to a minor. That charge, in turn, would be dropped if Trujillo stays out of trouble for three years.

Judge Gary White said Trujillo will be required to abide by the conditions of his release over the next year: monitoring of all his internet usage, having no contact with minors under 16 and a requirement to live with his parents.

So long as Trujillo follows those conditions, White said he will grant Trujillo a two-year period of accelerated rehabilitation, a pretrial probation program.

If Trujillo violates his conditions of release, or fails to complete the accelerated rehabilitation program, he would be found guilty of risk of injury to a minor — a charge that carries up to a 10-year prison sentence.

Police began investigating Trujillo in July 2021 after receiving reports of child exploitation videos being downloaded out of a Wilton residence, Cummings said.

Cummings said the resulting investigation revealed at least two videos of child exploitation on devices belonging to Trujillo, who was a juvenile at the time of the offenses.

Cummings said the state took into consideration Trujillo’s age, his lack of a criminal record and a letter where his parents “basically more or less took responsibility for him and assured the court that this is not going to be an ongoing issue.”

“He’s facing what I would call devastatingly serious charges that could have life-altering effects. The next three years are really going to determine which direction his life goes. I hope he’s taking this serious and is successful,” Cummings said.

Trujillo is next scheduled to appear in court on April 20, 2023.