States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|July 1, 2011||
Project Safe Childhood:
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a federal grand jury sitting in New Haven has returned an indictment charging RICHARD POUPART, 52, of Middlefield, with one count of transportation of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. The indictment was returned yesterday, June 30.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on September 4, 2007, members of the Shelton Police Department executed a state search warrant at POUPART’s Middlefield residence and seized several computers and computer components. Subsequent forensic analysis of the computers and components has allegedly revealed images and videos of child pornography.
If convicted of the charges, POUPART faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 15 years and a maximum term of imprisonment of 40 years. The penalties in this matter have been enhanced based on the defendant’s criminal history.
POUPART has been detained in federal custody since August 2010.
U.S. Attorney Fein stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case is being investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Shelton Police Department and the Milford Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Anastasia E. King and Sarah P. Karwan.
This prosecution is part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood Initiative, and the District of Connecticut’s “Operation Constant Vigilance,” which are 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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