BOSTON - A Marlborough man was sentenced today in federal court for possession of child pornography.
Paul Proulx, 28, previously of Marlborough, now of Leominster, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Joseph L. Tauro to five years probation, the first six months to be served on home confinement fine. The government recommended Proulx be sentenced to 33 months in prison.
On Nov. 2, 2011, Proulx pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography. At that time the prosecutor told the Court that had the case proceeded to trial the Government’s evidence would have proven that Proulx possessed images containing visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Robert Bethel, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service made the announcement today. The case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Marlborough Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael I. Yoon of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys= Offices and the Criminal Division=s CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.