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Man sentenced to 60 years for child porn

A former vo­lun­teer in­struct­or at a Bustleton mar­tial arts school was sen­tenced on Fri­day to serve 60 years in fed­er­al pris­on for pro­du­cing por­no­graphy in­volving two chil­dren, ages 2 and 3.

Steven Mazer, 27, of the 300 block of Hoffnagle St., re­ceived the stat­utory max­im­um sen­tence from U.S. Dis­trict Judge Jan E. Dubois, who also ordered Mazer to pay a $2,500 fine and serve five years of su­per­vised re­lease. Mazer would be in his mid-80s be­fore he would be­come eli­gible for re­lease from pris­on be­cause fed­er­al law con­tains no pro­vi­sions for early pa­role.

In Decem­ber 2011, Mazer agreed to babysit a friend’s son, 2, and daugh­ter, 3. While the chil­dren were in his care, he en­ticed and co­erced them to en­gage in sexu­ally ex­pli­cit con­duct, which he pho­to­graphed or video re­cor­ded, ac­cord­ing to the U.S. At­tor­ney’s Of­fice. 

Au­thor­it­ies did not dis­close how the ab­use came to light. Fed­er­al agents ar­res­ted Mazer in Septem­ber 2012. He pleaded guilty in June 2013 to two counts of pro­du­cing child por­no­graphy.

At the time of his ar­rest, the U.S. At­tor­ney’s Of­fice iden­ti­fied Mazer as a “kar­ate” in­struct­or at a “school in the Bustleton sec­tion of Phil­adelphia that of­fers classes to chil­dren.” Au­thor­it­ies nev­er dis­closed the name of the school, but later iden­ti­fied Mazer as a stu­dent and vo­lun­teer there, not an em­ploy­ee. Au­thor­it­ies fur­ther stated that they had no evid­ence that Mazer vic­tim­ized any youths in­volved in the school. ••

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