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United States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
Press Release

March 4, 2011

Project Safe Childhood:
BURLINGTON MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO
FEDERAL CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGE

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that JEFFREY ANDREW RICHARDS, 45, of Burlington, waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty yesterday, March 3, before United States Magistrate Judge Donna F. Martinez in Hartford to one count of possession of child pornography.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in October 2006, RICHARDS used his work-issued computer and compact discs to amass a collection of child pornography.  RICHARDS possessed more than 600 images and videos in his child pornography collection, including many images of children under the age of 12 engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

RICHARDS is scheduled to be sentenced by Chief United States District Judge Alvin W. Thompson on June 29, 2011, at which time RICHARDS faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000.

This case has been investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force, and the Glastonbury Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anastasia E. King.

The Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force investigates crimes occurring over the Internet, including computer intrusion, Internet fraud, copyright violations, Internet threats and harassment and online 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.

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.    

 

CONTACT:

 

U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
Tom Carson
(203) 821-3722
thomas.carson@usdoj.gov

 

 

 

 

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