States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|August 6, 2010||
Project Safe Childhood: SPRINGFIELD MAN ARRESTED FOR USING INTERNET TO ATTEMPT TO ENGAGE IN SEX WITH A MINOR
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that EUGENE C. BOISVERT, 39, of White Street, Springfield, Massachusetts, has been charged with using the Internet to attempt to persuade a minor to engage in sexual activity.
According to the complaint and affidavit, beginning in June 2010, BOISVERT is alleged to have engaged in numerous Internet conversations with a person he believed to be a girl who was under the age of 18, but who was, in fact, an undercover Milford Police officer working with the Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force and posing as the girl. Through these Internet conversations, BOISVERT arranged with the “girl” to meet for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity.
Law enforcement officers arrested BOISVERT this morning after he arrived at a location in Milford, Connecticut, where he had previously arranged to meet the “girl.”
Following his arrest, BOISVERT appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Joan G. Margolis in New Haven and was ordered detained pending a detention hearing that is scheduled for August 16 at 10:00 a.m.
If BOISVERT is convicted of the charge of using the Internet to persuade a minor to engage in sexual activity, he faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years, a maximum term of imprisonment of life, a period of supervised release for as long as life, and a fine of up to $250,000.
U.S. Attorney Fein stressed that a complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This prosecution is part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood Initiative, which is aimed at protecting children from sexual abuse and exploitation.
This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force, which includes federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, including the Milford Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Deborah R. Slater.
The Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force was formed in February 2003 to investigate crimes occurring over the Internet. These crimes include computer intrusion, Internet fraud, copyright violations, Internet threats and harassment and on-line crimes against children. The Task Force also provides computer forensic review services for participating agencies. The Task Force is housed in the main FBI office in New Haven, Connecticut. For more information about the Task Force, please contact the FBI at 203-777-6311.
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