You are here

Justice News

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Meriden Man Admits to Engaging in Sexual Acts with Minors, Producing Child Pornography

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that MARK W. IRVIN, 64, of Meriden, waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to one count of production of child pornography.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on multiple occasions between approximately 2012 and August 2015, IRVIN engaged in sexual acts with two males who were under the age of 18.  IRVIN installed and operated a video camera and a digital video recording device at his residence to record the sexual activity. 

On September 8, 2015, law enforcement officers conducted a search of IRVIN’s residence and seized several computers, hard drives, electronic storage media and the digital video recording device.

IRVIN has been detained since his arrest on September 18, 2015.

Judge Underhill scheduled sentencing for November 23, 2016, at which time IRVIN faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 15 years, a maximum term of imprisonment of 30 years and a fine of up to $250,000.

IRVIN also is charged with related state offenses.

This matter is being investigated by the Meriden Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations and Connecticut State Police.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Neeraj N. Patel.

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.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Component(s): 
Updated August 31, 2016