NEW MILFORD MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO
CHILD PORNOGRAPHY POSSESSION CHARGE
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that RICHARD MICHAEL BELLEMARE, 63, of New Milford, waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to one count of possession of child pornography.
According to court documents and statements made in court, BELLEMARE used the Internet to download, view and possess thousands of 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.
Judge Chatigny has scheduled sentencing for October 17, 2012, at which time BELLEMARE faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000.
BELLEMARE has been released on bond under supervision of the United States Probation Office since his arrest on April 7, 2011.
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 Attorneys Sarala V. Nagala and David E. Novick.
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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