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Project Safe Childhood:

September 2, 2011

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut today announced that DWIGHT J. SAVARIA, 46, of North Main Street, Jewett City, waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty yesterday, September 1, before United States District Judge Mark R. Kravitz in New Haven to one count of possession of child pornography.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on March 24, 2009, agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (ICE HSI) executed a search and seizure warrant at SAVARIA’s residence related to an investigation into whether SAVARIA had purchased images of child pornography through a subscription web site.  On that date, SAVARIA acknowledged that he used his credit card to purchase images of child pornography, and that possessed the images on his computers and related components.  Subsequent analysis of the computers and components seized on that date have revealed more than 600 images and videos depicting child pornography, including depictions of minors under the age of 12 engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Judge Kravitz has scheduled sentencing for November 28, 2011, at which time SAVARIA faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000.

This case is being investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, with the assistance of the Connecticut State 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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