WEST SPRINGFIELD MAN SENTENCED TO 51 MONTHS FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
BOSTON - A West Springfield man was sentenced today in federal court on one count of possession of child pornography.
NICHOLAS WARD, 27, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Michael A. Ponsor to 51 months in prison to be followed by eight years of supervised release. WARD pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography on March 10, 2011.
At the earlier plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that had the case proceeded to trial the Government’s evidence would have proven that on January 15, 2007, an undercover agent downloaded four images of child pornography through a peer-to-peer file sharing program, WinMX, from another user called “hemichrgr21423.” The investigation subsequently determined that “hemichrgr21423” was a screen name used by WARD on a computer located at his residence. On April 26, 2007, agents searched WARD’s residence and seized a computer that contained approximately 1540 images and over 60 videos of child pornography from his bedroom.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Bruce M. Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston made the announcement. The West Springfield Police Department also assisted with the investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle L. Dineen of Ortiz’s Office.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In 2006, the Department of Justice created Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys' Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.