WACO (November 1, 2012)--A Chicago man’s sentence was reduced Wednesday on a federal pornography charge after a higher court ordered the sentence adjusted.
U.S. District Court Judge Walter S. Smith, Jr., sentenced Edward J. Teuschler, 54, to serve 136 months in federal prison followed by five years on supervised release and ordered him to pay a $5,000 fine and a $100 in special assessment to the court.
On March 31, Smith sentenced Teuschler to serve 180 months in prison, but on appeal the 5th U.S. Circuit Court, in New Orleans, on a technicality in the case, said the sentence was too harsh and ordered Smith to reduce it.
Teuschler pleaded guilty in January to attempting to distribute child pornography on the Internet.
Federal prosecutors presented evidence in a plea hearing that on May 14, 2010, Teuschler contacted via computer an undercover sheriff's deputy in Glen Rose who he thought was a 13-year-old girl.
The deputy and Teuschler chatted via computer and the deputy reported the conversation quickly turned sexual.
On July 6, 2010, after Sommervell County deputies identified Teuschler as the suspect, federal agents served a search warrant on Teuschler's Chicago residence.
Teuschler admitted to agents he had images of children engaging in sexual activity on his laptop computer and that he used that computer to distribute the images on the Internet, authorities said.
Teuschler was arrested and brought to Waco to stand trial, but decided to plead guilty to the charge.