States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|February 16, 2011||
Project Safe Childhood:
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JOHN CONFORTINI, 38, of New Milford, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 14 months of imprisonment, followed by 10 years of supervised release, for possessing child pornography. CONFORTINI pleaded guilty to the offense on November 18, 2010.
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.
Following his release from prison, CONFORTINI will be required to register as a sex offender. As special conditions of his 10-year-term of supervised release, the United States Probation Office is authorized to monitor CONFORTINI’s computer use and conduct searches of his residence, automobile and workplace based on reasonable suspicion. Also, CONFORTINI must not hold any position of authority or guidance over children or youth groups involving children who are under the age of 18, nor loiter around schools, playgrounds, arcades, or any other places where children under 18 congregate.
This case was investigated by ICE Homeland Security Investigations and was 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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