Superior man enters guilty plea — againMADISON — A Superior man did an about face Tuesday and pleaded guilty in federal court to possessing child pornography, one month after convincing the judge to dismiss his initial guilty plea.
By: By Kevin Murphy/For the Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
MADISON — A Superior man did an about face Tuesday and pleaded guilty in federal court to possessing child pornography, one month after convincing the judge to dismiss his initial guilty plea.
Timothy Urbanski, 48, told District Judge Barbara Crabb that he possessed a laptop computer that contained photos of minor females engaged in sexually explicit conduct when Superior police executed a search warrant at his North 14th Street residence in July 2011.
Tuesday’s plea hearing was delayed about 30 minutes as Urbanski and his court-appointed attorney, William Jones, consulted about the wording of the charge to which Urbanski would plead, Jones said.
“It turned on exactly what he possessed,” Jones said after court. “He pled to possessing a computer and not the CD (compact disc) that had been alleged. Tim was adamant about that one small detail and it took some minutes to get it resolved.”
The maximum statutory penalties, 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and lifetime supervised release, didn’t change regardless of the device on which the images were stored, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman.
Crabb will use advisory guidelines to impose a sentence on Urbanski that factors in the number of unlawful images, his role in the offense, any prior convictions, his guilty plea and any other relative conduct
Urbanski initially pleaded guilty in May to possessing a DVD that contained images depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and was to be sentenced in August. However, he changed attorneys and succeeded in convincing Crabb that he didn’t understand the DVDs he possessed at the time of the July 2011 search contained child pornography.
After a new trial date was set, Urbanski changed his mind but wouldn’t plead guilty to the information the government filed Tuesday with the court alleging Urbanski possessed a Yahoo email account that contained child pornography.
On Tuesday, Urbanski, who appeared in Sauk County Jail togs and shoulder-length gray hair, said he received a computer “from a relations (sic),” that contained the sexually explicit photos.
After careful questioning Urbanski as to his understanding of the charge against found him guilty of possessing child pornography and set a sentencing date for Nov. 8.
On July 26, 2011, Superior Police Detective Thomas Champaigne found nine computers, a hard drive, thumb drives, floppy discs and DVDs that contained child pornography at Urbanski’s residence, said Altman.
Neither Urbanski nor Jones disputes Altman’s statement.