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Glendale attorney convicted of possessing child pornography and an assault rifle

January 22, 2010 |  9:18 pm
An attorney under investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was convicted today of possessing child pornography and an assault rifle.

Walter Loustari, who remains free on bail, entered a no contest plea before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William Ryan, according to Deputy Dist. Atty. Susan Schwartz of the Justice System Integrity Division.

Schwartz said the 58-year-old defendant entered an “open” plea, meaning it was not part of a negotiated settlement.

He could face up to three years and eight months in state prison.

Loustari, who had a law office in La Cañada Flintridge and lived in Glendale, was charged in October after an investigation by ICE and the Glendale Police Department.

The investigation began in October 2006 as part of ICE’s Operation Predator, in which the agency works  with local authorities to investigate child pornography.

-- Richard Winton