Project Safe Childhood:
WATERBURY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO
FEDERAL CHILD PORNOGRAPHY POSSESSION CHARGE
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that RAUL RESTO, 53, of Waterbury, pleaded guilty yesterday, July 26, before United States District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to one count of possession of child pornography.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on June 2, 2009, a Milford Police detective working with the Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force conducted a keyword search over a peer-to-peer Internet file sharing program using a phrase related to child pornography. As a result, the detective identified a user with a particular Internet Protocol (“IP”) address who was participating in the file sharing program and permitting access to his saved child pornography files. The IP address was subsequently traced to RESTO.
On November 16, 2009, law enforcement investigators conducted a search of RESTO’s residence and seized a computer, disks, and other computer components. Analysis of the seized items revealed that RESTO possessed more than 600 images and videos of minors, including children under the age of 12, engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
RESTO was arrested on a federal criminal complaint on November 24, 2009. He is currently released on a bond in the amount of $100,000.
Judge Arterton has scheduled sentencing for October 14, 2011, at which time RESTO faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force, which includes federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, including the Milford 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 on-line 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.
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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