Boston - A Chicopee man was convicted today on charges relating to child exploitation.
Joseph Hiersche, 40, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Denise J. Casper to seven counts of sexual exploitation of a child, receipt of child pornography, and possession of child pornography.
Between March 2010 and March 2012, Hiersche downloaded numerous images and videos of child pornography from the internet. Hiersche also took hidden camera videos and still images of two minors while bathing and undressing in an attempt to produce sexually explicit images of their nude bodies. Hiersche made these videos in order to send them to a person with whom he had established an online relationship.
Sentencing is scheduled for March 7, 2013. Hiersche faces up to 240 months in prison, to be followed by a lifetime of supervised release and a $2.25 million fine.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Mark G. Mastroianni, Hampden County District Attorney; Colonel Timothy P. Alben, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Commissioner William Fitchet of the Springfield Police Department; and Chief John R. Ferraro, Jr. of the Chicopee Police Department made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex J. Grant of Ortiz’s Springfield Branch Unit.