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Press Release

March 21, 2011

Project Safe Childhood:

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that MANOAH RAYMOND LEESER, 56, of Torrington, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to nine months of imprisonment for violating the conditions of his supervised release that followed a previous federal conviction.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on November 22, 2005, LEESER was sentenced in U.S. District Court in New Jersey to 33 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for traveling from Connecticut to New Jersey to engage in sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl.  LEESER was released from prison in June 2008 and began serving his term of supervised release in Connecticut.

One of LEESER’s conditions of supervised release was a prohibition against his possessing any Internet-capable device without the approval of the U.S. Probation Office.

On February 23, 2011, a U.S. Probation officer conducted a home visit to LEESER’s Torrington apartment.  As the officer knocked on LEESER’s front door, he heard the sound of LEESER’s bedroom window on the side of the apartment opening and closing.  The officer subsequently discovered that LEESER had hidden an Internet-capable wireless phone on the window ledge outside his bedroom.  The officer retrieved the phone and discovered that it contained both sexually explicit photographs and text messages.

Today, LEESER admitted in court that the phone belonged to him.

At the conclusion of today’s court proceeding, Judge Burns granted the government’s request to immediately remand the defendant and ordered the United States Marshals Service to take LESSER into custody to begin service of his sentence.

This case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Neeraj Patel.

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