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BOSTON, Mass...A Shrewsbury man was convicted today in federal court of possessing hundreds of images of child pornography.

SHALIN BHAVSAR, 32, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge F. Dennis Saylor, IV to possession of child pornography.

Had the case proceeded to trial the Government’s evidence would have proven that an international child pornography investigation identified thousands of purchases of subscriptions of child pornography by persons in the United States, including BHAVSAR. The investigation showed that BHAVSAR purchased six 30-day subscriptions to various child pornography sites. On the basis of this information, agents searched BHAVSAR’s residence seizing computers and compact discs. On the CDs were hundreds of sexually explicit images involving prepubescent females.

Judge Saylor scheduled sentencing for December 12, 2011. BHAVSAR faces up to 10 years in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Boston Field Division; and Bruce Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David Hennessy, Chief of Ortiz’s Worcester Branch Office.



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