Plea deal calls for former meteorologist to serve prison time in child porn case

Plea deal calls for former meteorologist to serve prison time in child porn case


Justin Goldstein. | Courtesy of state police

MERIDEN — A former meteorologist at WTNH pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography last week and is expected to be sentenced to serve three years in prison at his next court appearance in March.

Justin Goldstein, 33, of 1521 Aspen Glen Drive, Hamden, pleaded guilty to second-degree possession of child pornography on Jan. 6. According to court records, there is a plea agreement that calls for Goldstein to be sentenced to 10 years in prison, suspended after three years served, and 10 years probation. Two years of that sentence are mandatory and Goldstein will be required to complete sex offender registration and treatment.

Goldstein, a former meteorologist at WTNH in New Haven, was originally charged on July 13, 2016 with first-degree possession of child pornography and promoting a minor in an obscene performance. He was suspended from the job pending the disposition of the case. WTNH Interim General Manager Paul Spingola said Wednesday Goldstein is no longer employed by the station.

Authorities began investigating Goldstein in June. The Connecticut State Police Computer Crimes Unit, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations and Hamden Police Department seized computers and computer-related equipment at his home. State police located child pornography files on the computer and related equipment, according to authorities.

Goldstein is free on $200,000 bond. A pre-sentencing report was ordered by the court and Goldstein is scheduled to be sentenced on March 17.

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