The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that on March 22, 2022, Eike Blohm, 39, of South Burlington, Vermont, was sentenced in United States District Court in Burlington, Vermont, to serve 100 months of imprisonment following his guilty plea to one count of possession of child pornography. U.S. District Judge Christina Reiss also ordered Blohm to serve a 12-year term of supervised release, to pay restitution to identified victims, and to pay a special assessment of $100. Blohm’s federal sentence of 100 months will run concurrently with the 80-to-82-month sentence of imprisonment Blohm received in Vermont state court as a result of his guilty pleas to lewd and lascivious conduct and voyeurism.
According to court records and proceedings, an employee at the University of Vermont Medical Center (UVM MC) discovered a camera hidden in a unisex employee bathroom in the Emergency Department. Investigators with the Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations (CUSI) recovered the camera and discovered approximately 1,300 videos on the camera. Approximately 900 videos depicted hospital employees in at least two bathrooms at UVM MC. Thereafter, CUSI investigators obtained a warrant to search Blohm’s residence in South Burlington, Vermont. Investigators seized numerous digital devices during that residential search. A search of the digital devices revealed the presence of child pornography, some of which depicted children under the age of twelve years old and sadistic and masochistic abuse against children.
U.S. Attorney Nikolas Kerest commended the investigative efforts of the Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Barbara A. Masterson handled the prosecution. Lisa B. Shelkrot of Langrock Sperry & Wool, LLP, represented Blohm.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and Child Exploitation Obscenity Section, Criminal Division (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.