Operation Constant Vigilance:
WALLINGFORD MAN PLEADS GUILTY
TO FEDERAL CHILD PORNOGRAPHY POSSESSION CHARGE
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that ERIC BIANCA, 28, of Wallingford, waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty yesterday, September 13, before United States District Judge Christopher F. Droney in Hartford to one count of possession of child pornography.
According to court documents and statements made in court, BIANCA used the Internet to download, view and possess more than 600 images and videos of child pornography. Included in his collection of child pornography were images of children under the age of 12 engaged in sexually explicit conduct, and images that portrayed sadistic, masochistic, or other depictions of violence.
Judge Droney has scheduled sentencing for December 2, 2011, at which time BIANCA 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, the United States Secret Service and the Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force, which includes federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anastasia Enos King.
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.
The Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force, which is housed at the main FBI office in New Haven, investigates crimes occurring over the Internet, including on-line crimes against children, and provides computer forensic review services for participating agencies. For more information about the Task Force, or to report child exploitation crimes, please contact the FBI at 203-777-6311.
To report cases of child exploitation, please visit www.cybertipline.com.
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