EAST HARTFORD POLICE OFFICER
CHARGED WITH RECEIPT OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Kevin Niland, Inspector in Charge, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Boston Division, announced that ANDREW W. NIELSEN, 48, of South Windsor, was arrested today and charged by federal criminal complaint with receipt of child pornography. NIELSEN is a police officer with the East Hartford Police Department.
The criminal complaint alleges that between November 2010 and April 2011, NIELSEN purchased multiple DVDs containing child pornography from a foreign company and had them shipped to his residence. During a search of NIELSEN’s residence today, federal investigators found DVDs containing images and videos of child pornography.
NIELSEN was arrested this morning at his residence.
Following his arrest, NIELSEN appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Thomas P. Smith in Hartford and was released on bond under electronic monitoring by the United States Probation Office.
If convicted of the charge of receipt of child pornography, NIELSEN 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 matter is being investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service with the assistance of the South Windsor Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Neeraj N. Patel and Special Assistant United States Attorney Anjna R. Kapoor.
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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