DANBURY -- A former city man arrested last April on charges he traveled to Florida seeking sex with a mother and her 7-year-old daughter has received a 15-year prison sentence after pleading guilty in the case in a Florida courtroom.
, 47, pleaded guilty last week in Lake County Court to single counts of use of the Internet to lure a child, traveling to meet a minor for illegal sexual conduct, as well as 19 counts of transmitting child pornography by an electronic device or equipment, and 16 counts of possession of child pornography.
Shuster, who moved to Sharon, Mass., after Florida officials held him for 47 days after his arrest, originally faced more than 500 charges in the case. He was arrested on April Fool's Day last year, after he flew into Florida's
Orlando International Airport
on his way to meet the woman and her child for sex.
Detectives from Florida had pretended to be the woman in Internet correspondence with Shuster, police said at the time.
Shuster's arrest shocked those who knew him for his involvement with the
Danbury Youth Soccer Club
, for which he was a volunteer coordinator. He was also a member of the board of directors at Temple Beth Elohim, a Brewster synagogue he attended with his wife and three sons.
He was caught while looking for what he thought was the woman's house in Clermont, Fla., according to Sgt.
, a public information officer for the Lake County Sheriff's Office.
On Jan. 4, 2008, Shuster contacted someone in a Yahoo chat room whom he thought was a 32-year-old woman with a 7-year-old daughter, police said.
The communications became sexual in nature and plans were eventually made to meet in the Clermont area for sexual activity, police said.
Shuster confessed to using a work laptop computer to talk to someone he believed to be a 32-year-old and also told investigators he sent the person numerous images of child pornography.
As part of his sentence, Shuster must have no contact with minors, register as a sex offender, and subject himself to electronic monitoring while on probation for 10 years.
He was also ordered to pay $808 in court costs.
Prosecutors dropped nearly 500 other child pornography charges against Shuster after he was sentenced.
He is currently being held in Lake County Jail, according to the Lake County Sheriff's office.
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