Six Year Sentence In Child Porn Case

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Former luxury real estate agent Matthias von Wrede, who lived in Sag Harbor, was sentenced in federal court on Friday to six years in prison and lifetime probation on charges that he received child pornography, according to court documents.

He pled guilty to the charge, which carries a minimum five-year, maximum 20-year sentence, in January. During that hearing, it was indicated that the German national would likely be deported after serving his sentence. Von Wrede also faces Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office charges of one count of possessing a sexual performance by a child. According to his attorney in the state case, Colin Astarita, next week he will receive a one-year sentence in county court, which Astarita noted von Wrede has already served during the almost 15-months he has been held at Nassau County Correctional Center in East Meadow following his arrest last March.

Both the federal and state charges stemmed from a raid of von Wrede’s Madison Street home on March 5, 2007. Suffolk County Police, working in conjunction with Sag Harbor Village Police, conducted the bust, during which police said they found an extensive cache of photographs and videos on a laptop computer and several compact discs depicting images of children engaged in bondage and various sex acts.

According to police, Von Wrede had posted 15 to 20 photographs on a Yahoo user group in August of 2006. Yahoo flagged the posting and contacted the Center for Missing and Exploited Children, who in turn communicated with the New York State Crimes Against Children Task Force in Albany. Police said it appeared he downloaded and uploaded images off the Internet.

Von Wrede was arraigned the following day at Southampton Town Justice Court on the state charges and entered a not guilty plea, released later that day after posting $250,000 in bail.

Federal charges were filed after a referral from the Suffolk County Police Department and District Attorney’s Office. Von Wrede was arraigned on those counts on March 16, 2007.

While von Wrede’s attorney on the federal case, Melinda Sarafa, reserved her comments to those she made in court, she did provide a statement issued by von Wrede’s family.

“We, the family of Matthias von Wrede, stand by our son, brother, and husband, as do his friends, and respect his decision to accept full responsibility for his faults in the past,” the statement said. “We will take care of Matthias and do whatever it takes to support him with his social net of family and friends, helping him continue with a devoted family life with his wife and daughter. We know Matthias well enough to know this chapter in his life occurred in the context of problems becoming familiar with a foreign country. We are convinced that with our loving support this episode will remain a single one.”

The 34 year-old originally came to the East End to serve as a broker and managing director of the Southampton office of Engel & Völkers, a German based luxury real estate company that is reportedly one of the largest firms in Europe. Von Wrede came to the East End in 2004 to open the new branch. Before moving to Southampton, the Munich-born agent worked for Deutsche Back Real Estate and served as a broker for six years at Engel & Völkers offices in Germany.

It is unclear if Von Wrede’s attorneys will seek to have his sentence served in Germany, rather than the United States. As a special condition under his supervised release once he has served his time, the court has required that von Wrede comply with all sex offender laws. 

 

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  1. “We know Matthias well enough to know this chapter in his life occurred in the context of problems becoming familiar with a foreign country.”

    This is rich. Under that logic, the “New Members” directory of the German American Chamber of Commerce belongs on the child molesters watchlist. Most of them are business folks from Germany facing “problems becoming familiar with a foreign country.” Most perplexing: Not one word of empathy or compassion from the high-powered German perv’s family for his victim/s.

    This kind of consideration is probably not running in the family. One wonders, what is? May Matthias von Wrede rot to the last day in an American prison, with some big, determined cell buddies to keep him warm at night.

    And keep his full name out there, on the American Internet. Because once he’s back in Germany, German law would prevent that from happening – he’d be privacy protected once he has served his sentence.

  2. More important is the support from his German friends in South Hampton. This friends paid his bail the first time he was out after his arrest. They all should be ashamed for doing this. They actually supporting his sick behavior and still think with there money they can buy justice in the United States. They also only here on a Business visa to save some Taxes in Germany. Even they have large estates in South Hampton they should be send back where the came from.

    To be a Chairman from a large world wide company and supporting a Child molester by providing his bail this should be also a crime. Minimum it’s says’s about the character of this family.

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