Reporting David Goldstein
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The former Los Angles City Commissioner charged with possessing child pornography, initially blaming it on his alleged split personality, is now reportedly agreeing to plead guilty to the crime.
“Hi, Mr. Abrams, can I talk with you sir?”
CBS2 investigative reporter David Goldstein tried to talk with Albert Abrams about the charge.
Last year, the former president of the city board of neighborhood commissioners — appointed by the mayor — had plenty to say. He blamed the child porn pictures on his alleged split personality.
“Do you remember looking at kiddie porn?” Goldstein had asked Abrams.
“I was watching myself in a distance watching it,” Abrams said.
“Watching yourself in a distance?” Goldstein asked.
“Yes,” Abrams said.
Abrams resigned his post after CBS2 News reported that the FBI raided his Tarzana home, and found hundreds of images of child pornography on his computer. He allegedly went by the online name “Boywonder USA.”
“Did you go by the name ‘Boywonder USA’?” Goldstein asked Abrams.
“Yes, that’s what my split personality decided to do, but that’s what happens when you have tumors,” Abrams said.
The 64-year-old claimed it was due to a recent tumor on his spine. The FBI didn’t buy it.
“Mr. Abrams, how’s the tumor?”
In February, Abrams was arrested and pleaded not guilty.
But, Abrams now has signed a plea agreement, according to a copy obtained exclusively by CBS2. He will plead guilty to one count of distribution of child pornography.
Abrams will move from his million-dollar Tarzana home to a federal prison, even though he told Goldstein, last year, that he doesn’t deserve it.
“Should you pay for this with jail time?” Goldstein asked.
“Oh, I don’t think so,” Abrams said.
“Why not?” Goldstein asked.
“I’m not a criminal,” he responded.
Abrams is scheduled to stand before a federal judge and admit guilt this Friday. He faces from five to more than eight years in prison.