CENTRAL ISLIP - A prominent East End architect who has designed homes for actors like Clint Eastwood and Michael J. Fox pleaded guilty today to child pornography charges.
Jay Lockett Sears, 73, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Central Islip to charges of possessing child pornography. He admitted to creating hundreds of graphic images by taking photographs of children in public settings, then placing the heads of the children onto images of adult bodies that were engaged in sexual activity.
Sears also superimposed his face onto the male bodies in the photos, making it appear as though he was engaging in sexual acts with the minors. Federal law prohibits computer-generated child pornography.
As News 12 has reported, Sears was arrested back in January by FBI agents and Suffolk detectives after thousands of pictures were discovered in a trash container outside his apartment, and at other locations.
Sears, who was once nominated for Oprah Winfrey's Angel Network, apologized for his actions today in court.
He is due to face a judge next on Jan. 17. He faces up to 10 years behind bars at sentencing.