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Project Safe Childhood:

August 24, 2011

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut  announced that JAMES LEONARD KEY, 39, of Atwoodville Road, Mansfield, pleaded guilty today before United States Magistrate Judge Holly B. Fitzsimmons in Bridgeport to one count of possession of child pornography.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in August 2009, an Internet Protocol (IP) address, which was subsequently identified as belonging to KEY, accessed a web site in the Netherlands and downloaded at least one image of child pornography.  On October 19, 2010, agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (ICE HSI) interviewed KEY at his residence.  On that date, KEY admitted that he had knowingly downloaded images and videos of child pornography, and he turned over two laptop computers and an external hard drive to the ICE HSI agents.

KEY was arrested on October 26, 2010, after forensic examination of the computers and hard drive revealed in excess of 100 images and 20 videos of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

KEY is scheduled to be sentenced by Senior United States District Judge Warren W. Eginton on November 9, 2011, at which time KEY faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000.

Since his arrest, KEY has been released on a bond in the amount of $100,000, which is co-signed by family members.  KEY also is being electronically monitored by the U.S. Probation Office while this matter is pending.

This case is being investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations in Hartford, with the assistance of the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, Cyber Crimes Center, Child Exploitation Section; the European Law Enforcement Agency (EUROPOL) and the Dutch National Police.  The case is being 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, 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

To report cases of child exploitation, please visit



Tom Carson
(203) 821-3722


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