States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|November 18, 2010||
Project Safe Childhood: NEW MILFORD MAN ADMITS POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JOHN CONFORTINI, 38, of New Milford, waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to one count of possession of child pornography.
According to court documents and statements made in court, a joint law enforcement investigation revealed that, in 2008, CONFORTINI used a credit card to purchase a 30-day subscription to access a child pornography web site located on a web server in Florida. On July 9, 2009, during an interview with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) agents in New Haven, CONFORTINI admitted that he subscribed to the Florida-based web site, and several other web sites, to view and download child pornography. Subsequent forensic analysis of CONFORTINI’s laptop computer revealed between 150 and 300 images of child pornography, including images of children under the age of 12 engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
“The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to vigorously prosecuting those who exploit children through the possession of child pornography,” U.S. Attorney Fein stated.
Judge Underhill has scheduled sentencing for February 4, 2011, at which time CONFORTINI faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000.
This case has been investigated by ICE Homeland Security Investigations and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Deborah R. Slater.
U.S. Attorney Fein noted that 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. 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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