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Ind. National Guard Member Pleads To Explosives Charge

Posted On April 02, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

Andrew Scott Boguslawski

Andrew Scott Boguslawski

(Columbus, Oh.) – A Dearborn County resident and Indiana National Guard member has pleaded guilty to transporting dozens of homemade explosives.

Andrew Scott Boguslawski, of Moores Hill, was on his way back home to Indiana after visiting family in Pennsylvania when he was stopped for speeding on Interstate 70 in central Ohio by a highway patrol officer. That trooper allegedly spotted a gun between Boguslawski’s legs, prompting a call for backup and subsequent search of the vehicle.

During the search, authorities located more firearms and found 48 homemade bombs. The explosives – some of which had remote detonators – were made out of plastic bottles and flash powder, according to a Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives complaint against Boguslawski.

Videos obtained by investigators showed Boguslawski detonating some of the explosives with family and friends, including his 16-year-old niece in Pennsylvania, according to the complaint.

Appearing in federal court in Columbus on Tuesday, Boguslawski pleaded guilty to a charge of Possession of an Unregistered Destructive Device. The plea agreement stated that Boguslawski will forfeit all destructive devices and bomb-making materials seized by the government, including items taken from his home.

The 44-year-old now faces 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine at sentencing. A date for sentencing has not been scheduled.

Boguslawski was employed by the Indiana National Guard at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Butlerville, Indiana. According to the Associated Press, Boguslawski’s defense attorney, Steve Nolder, said that his client played the role of an enemy fighter when he helped train troops departing for war zones and wanted to make the job as real as possible.

A spokeswoman for the Indiana National Guard told the Associated Press that Boguslawski remains a guard member, but could not common on his work there because it is part of the criminal investigation.

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