German illusionist pleads guilty, ends Las Vegas porn trial


LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former Las Vegas Strip illusionist from Germany has pleaded guilty in federal court in Nevada to acquiring thousands of pornographic videos and images, including many depicting sex acts involving kindergarten-age children.

The plea deal Thursday by Jan Rouven Fuechtener (YAHN’ ROO’-vehn FOOSH’-ten-er) stopped his trial during an FBI agent’s testimony about items found in password-protected files on computer devices seized in January from Fuechtener’s home.

Fuechtener will have to serve at least five years in federal prison — and possibly many more — on felony possession, receipt and distribution of child pornography charges.

His sentencing is set for March 16.

Fuechtener also will have to register as a sex offender, and near-certain deportation after prison.

Fuechtener is a German citizen who performed as Jan Rouven at the Tropicana hotel-casino.

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