States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|January 7, 2010||
Project Safe Childhood: NEW HAVEN MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Nora R. Dannehy, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that WILLIAM GOLIA, 73, of Eastern Street, New Haven, waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to one count of possession of child pornography.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on April 21, 2009, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents conducted a court-authorized search of GOLIA’s residence and seized a desktop computer; a bag of floppy disks and a bag of external storage media. Subsequent analysis of the seized computer and related equipment revealed the existence of more than 600 pictures and videos of child pornography.
Judge Bryant has scheduled sentencing for April 5, 2010, at which time GOLIA faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years, a fine of up to $250,000 and a minimum period of supervised release of five years.
This investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The case is being prosecuted by Supervisory Assistant United States Attorney Anthony E. Kaplan.
This prosecution is part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood Initiative, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
To report cases of child exploitation, please visit www.cybertipline.com.
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