INDICTMENT CHARGES NEW HAVEN RESIDENT
RECEIPT AND DISTRIBUTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that a federal grand jury sitting in New Haven returned an indictment today charging MICHAEL MARTARANO, 33, last residing on Livingston Street in New Haven, with one count of receipt and distribution of child pornography.
The indictment alleges that, between June 2007 and July 2009, MARTARANO received and distributed images of child pornography.
The charge of receipt and distribution of child pornography carries a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years, a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years and a fine of up to $250,000.
MARTARANO has been detained since August 3, 2010, when he was arrested by members of the Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force and the New Haven Police Department.
U.S. Attorney Fein stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
U.S. Attorney Fein commended the work of the New Haven Police officer who has investigated this matter while assigned to the Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force.
This case is being 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 New Haven 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.
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.
To report cases of child exploitation, please visit www.cybertipline.com.
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