HARTFORD MAN CHARGED WITH PRODUCING,
DISTRIBUTING AND RECEIVING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a federal grand jury sitting in New Haven returned an indictment yesterday charging ELIEZER MALDONADO, 24, of Hartford, with one count of production of child pornography, one count of distribution of child pornography and one count of receipt of child pornography.
The indictment alleges that in approximately April 2012, MALDONADO knowingly persuaded, enticed and coerced a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions of such conduct, and then distributed the images that he produced. The indictment further alleges that between November 2011 and June 2012, MALDONADO received numerous images and videos of child pornography.
If convicted of the charge of production of child pornography, MALDONADO faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 15 years and a maximum term of imprisonment of 30 years. The charges of receipt and distribution of child pornography each carry a minimum term of imprisonment of five years and a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.
MALDONADO has been detained in state custody since his arrest on June 8, 2012, on a charge of risk of injury, impairing the morals of a minor.
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.
This case is being investigated by ICE Homeland Security Investigations in Hartford, with the assistance of ICE HSI in Philadelphia and the Connecticut State Police. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Anastasia E. King and 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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