FORMER MIDDLEFIELD RESIDENT PLEADS
TO FEDERAL CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGE
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that RICHARD C. POUPART, 52, most recently residing in Middlefield, Conn., formerly of Newport, Maine, pleaded guilty on May 25, 2012, before United States District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to one count of possession of child pornography.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in September 2007, members of the Shelton Police Department executed a state search warrant at POUPART’s Middlefield residence and seized computers, zip drives, compact discs and other electronic storage media. A forensic examination of POUPART’s computer hard drives and related equipment revealed images and videos of child pornography, including images of one of his minor female relatives.
Judge Arterton has scheduled sentencing for August 21, 2012, at which time POUPART faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years, a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years and a fine of up to $250,000. The penalties in this matter are enhanced based on POUPART’s prior conviction for sexual assault of a minor.
On June 17, 1991, in Vermont state court, POUPART was convicted of sexual assault. The victim in that case was a 14-year-old girl. On July 15, 2009, in Connecticut Superior Court in Derby, POUPART was convicted of two counts of sexual assault in the fourth degree. The victims in that case were POUPART’s minor female relatives.
POUPART has been detained in federal custody since August 6, 2010.
This case has been investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Shelton Police Department and the Milford Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anastasia King and Special Assistant United States Attorney Neeraj Patel.
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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
To report cases of child exploitation, please visit www.cybertipline.com.
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