WATERBURY MAN CHARGED WITH
RECEIPT AND DISTRIBUTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut and Kimberly K. Mertz, Special Agent in Charge of the New Haven Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced that PAUL D’AMBROSIO, 48, of Waterbury, was arrested today and charged by federal criminal complaint with receipt and distribution of child pornography.
The criminal complaint alleges that, on August 8, 2012, a Hartford Police detective assigned to the Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force logged into a publicly available Internet file sharing program and downloaded approximately 50 images and 10 videos of child pornography from shared directories maintained by D’AMBROSIO.
D’AMBROSIO was arrested this morning at a U.S. Postal Service facility in Danbury where he is employed as a mail carrier. Law enforcement agents also seized a computer and related components from D’AMBROSIO’s residence.
Following his arrest, D’AMBROSIO appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Holly B. Fitzsimmons in Bridgeport and was released on bond under electronic monitoring by the United States Probation Office.
If convicted of the charge of receipt and distribution of child pornography, D’AMBROSIO 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.
U.S. Attorney Fein stressed that a complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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 Hartford Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sarala V. Nagala.
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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