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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Former Police Officer Sentenced To Federal Prison For Possessing Child Pornography

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ANDREW W. NIELSEN, 50, of South Windsor, was sentenced today by Senior U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello in Hartford to 24 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for possessing child pornography.

According to court documents and statements made in court, between November 2010 and April 2011, NIELSEN purchased several DVDs containing child pornography from a foreign company and had them shipped to his residence.  NIELSEN was arrested on November 1, 2012.  On that date, law enforcement searched NIELSEN’s residence and seized several of the DVDs that he had ordered.

NIELSEN was a police officer with the East Hartford Police Department at the time of the offense.  He resigned from the department after his arrest.

On March 25, 2014, NIELSEN pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography. 

NIELSEN, who has been released on bond under electronic monitoring by the U.S. Probation Office since November 2012, was ordered to report to prison on September 8, 2014.

This matter was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Neeraj N. Patel and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles Rombeau.

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

To report cases of child exploitation, please visit


Tom Carson
(203) 821-3722

Updated March 18, 2015