A Tarzana man, who resigned as head of a city commission after FBI agents found a massive kiddie porn stash at his home, pleaded guilty today to federal charges.
Albert N. Abrams, 64, entered his plea to a felony count of distribution of child pornography he received over the Internet. In a plea agreement, Abrams acknowledged collecting more than 600 images of child pornography over the course of more than 10 years.
in an eight-count indictment that accused him of distributing, receiving and possessing child pornography. Abrams didn't speak at the hearing other than to respond to the judge's questions, including whether he understood the rights he was giving up.
``I plead guilty, sir,'' Abrams said when U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner asked. In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors will recommend Abrams receive a sentence of between five and eight years in prison, lifetime supervised release, and a fine of $5,000, court papers show.
Klausner allowed Abrams to remain free on bond pending sentencing Dec. 10. Abrams resigned in August 2011 as president of the seven-member Board of Neighborhood Commissioners, which oversees the neighborhood councils that provide a link between local communities and Los Angeles City Hall.
Abrams, who had served on the board since 2008, owns a public relations firm and has worked on ballot measures in Agoura Hills, Westlake Village and Walnut Creek. According to an affidavit filed in support of a search warrant, federal authorities looking into a peer-to-peer file-sharing network were able to download more than 150 videos and images depicting child porn from a computer at Abrams' house.
After his house was searched in 2011, he told a TV station that a now- excised growth on his spine left him with a split personality that compelled him to do what normally would have been out of character.