A former Las Vegas illusionist appeared to faint Thursday as he was sentenced to 20 years in prison and fined more than $500,000 in a federal child pornography case.
Jan Rouven Fuechtener, 40, stiffened and fell backward over his chair after Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro rejected his apology and his attempt to say he derived no gratification from thousands of pornographic videos and images the FBI found in password-protected files on nine computers at a home dubbed the 'fun house.'
The judge branded Fuechtener a shameless liar and manipulator who dragged out his court proceedings 'like a soap opera' and only regretted he got caught. She ordered Fuechtener to pay an additional $70,000 in restitution to victims identified in the videos.
'This is not acceptable, here or in Germany or anywhere,' the judge said, describing the videos as 'not just children having sex, but sadistic violent acts.'
Earlier, prosecutor Elham Roohani sobbed as she recounted the 'heart-wrenching screams' and 'whimpers' of children forced into sex with adults on files she viewed preparing the criminal case.
Fuechtener blamed his pornography collection on boredom, a methamphetamine habit and people he surrounded himself between his six shows a week at the Tropicana resort while his husband, Frank Dietmar Alfter, traveled around the world. The show closed following Fuechtener's arrest in March 2016.
A former Las Vegas Strip illusion show headliner from Germany fainted while being sentenced to 20 years in prison and fined more than $500,000 in a federal child pornography case.