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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Bristol Man Sentenced To 11 Months In Prison For Violating Conditions Of Supervised Release


David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that PATRICK J. WEGNER, 36, of Bristol, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to 11 months of imprisonment for violating the conditions of his supervised release that followed a 2007 conviction for possession of child pornography.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on June 20, 2007, Judge Burns sentenced WEGNER to 46 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for possessing child pornography.  WEGNER was released from the custody of the Bureau of Prisons in December 2009 and he began serving his term of supervised release.  As special conditions of his supervised release, WEGNER was required to register as a sex offender and not to associate with any child under the age of 18 except in the presence of a responsible adult who is aware of the nature of his offense and who has been approved by the United States Probation Office.

On March 11, 2013, the U.S. Probation Office learned that WEGNER was residing with a woman who was babysitting two children, at the children’s home, while the children’s parents were away on vacation.  The parents of the children were not aware that a registered sex offender was staying at their home, and WEGNER had not notified the U.S. Probation Office or the Connecticut State Police Sex Offender Registry of his new address.

Previously, on April 29, 2010, Judge Burns sentenced WEGNER to two months of imprisonment after he was found to have violated his supervised release by being in the presence of children without supervision on more than one occasion in February and March 2010, and by not being truthful when questioned by a U.S. Probation officer.

At the conclusion of today’s court proceeding, WEGNER was taken into the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service to begin serving his 11-month sentence.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Edward Chang with the assistance of law student intern Lauren Biksacky.

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.justice.gov/psc.

To report cases of child exploitation, please visit www.cybertipline.com.

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U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
Tom Carson
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