CHESHIRE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL
CHILD PORNOGRAPHY DISTRIBUTION CHARGE
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that DALE PEARCE, 53, of Cheshire, pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to one count of distribution of child pornography.
According to court documents and statements made in court, PEARCE distributed child pornography via email on March 8, 2009, and via online chat on August 7, 2009. On December 15, 2009, ICE Homeland Security Investigations agents conducted a search of PEARCE’s residence and seized a computer and other computer storage media. Analysis of the seized items revealed that PEARCE possessed evidence of the email he sent, as well as images of minors, including children under the age of 12, engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
Judge Underhill has scheduled sentencing for June 21, 2012, at which time PEARCE faces a minimum term of imprisonment of five years, a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years and a fine of up to $250,000.
This matter was investigated by ICE Homeland Security Investigations. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anastasia E. King.
U.S. Attorney Fein noted that this prosecution is part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood Initiative, which is aimed at protecting children from sexual abuse and exploitation. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
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