A criminal complaint against Pelloski last summer said he acknowledged to investigators he used his home desktop computer and a laptop belonging to Ohio State University to download child pornography.
Evidence against Pelloski included two graphic videos and about 85 images of child pornography, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.
Pelloski’s family struggled financially as he was growing up in an emotionally abusive household, his attorneys said in a Thursday court filing. He was sexually abused three times, they said.
Pelloski compensated for his childhood by becoming an overachiever but also developed poor coping skills, such as abusing alcohol, the filing said.
His crime “was a misguided attempt at processing his own abuse and repressed memories,” attorneys said.
They don’t ask for a specific sentence, merely a “lenient” punishment that would include mental health and substance abuse treatment.
Pelloski could face almost six years in prison, but prosecutors are recommending four years followed by five years of supervision. They acknowledge his troubled childhood but said his crime was a serious one.
Files viewed by investigators were “truly disturbing,” and evidence showed Pelloski had been engaged in child porn since 2007, according to a government court filing Thursday.