Westport man charged with child pornography cannot return to residence near school
WESTPORT — Paul Jude Letersky, arrested on child pornography and enticing a minor charges last week, will not be able to return to his residence if released on bail.
The requirement that the 47-year-old stay 1,500 feet from a school or day care would mean he could not return to his Riverside Avenue home, across the street from Saugatuck Elementary School, according to police.
Lt. David Farrell said there is no evidence Letersky had contact with any students. The department took seriously that Letersky, a town resident and actor, lived close to a school, and Farrell said police worked with school officials and the superintendent of schools to keep them informed.
Letersky remains in custody at Bridgeport Correctional Center on $500,000 bond. If released, he would be required to submit to GPS monitoring and a curfew. Conditions would bar Letersky from having contact with any victim and possessing a device with internet capabilities, according to police.
Farrell said the investigation began after a law enforcement agency in Colorado alerted Westport detectives to an alleged sexting relationship with a minor. A search of Letersky’s Westport home uncovered more than 50 digital images of child pornography, Farrell said.
Letersky faces three felony charges: first-degree possession of child pornography and enticing a minor, class B felonies, and risk of injury to a child, a class C felony. The combined sentence could total up to 50 years. With conviction, the child pornography charge carries a five-year minimum.
Westport’s investigation, led by the Youth Division of its Detective Unit, is ongoing.
“It’s not something we look at too often,” Farrell said of the nature of the arrest. “It is something we pull a lot of resources into.”