Federal Employee Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Offense
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut
John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that SCOTT PIERSON, 58, of Vernon, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden in Bridgeport to one count of receipt of child pornography.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in March 2018, the U.S. Department of Transportation – Office of Inspector General received information that Pierson, an Administrative Officer assigned to the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) Bradley Flight Standards District Office in Enfield, was using his FAA-issued laptop computer to access websites known to contain images of child pornography.
On July 19, 2018, investigators conducted a court-authorized search of Pierson’s residence and seized computers and electronic storage devices, including his FAA-issued laptop computer. Forensic examination of the seized items revealed more than 1,500 images and videos of children, including children younger than 12 years old, engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
Pierson has been detained since his arrest on July 19, 2018.
The charge carries a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years and a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years. A sentencing date has not been scheduled.
This matter is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Transportation – Office of Inspector General. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lauren C. Clark.
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.
Updated March 18, 2019
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