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District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Meriden Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Engaging in Sex Acts with Minors, Producing Child Pornorgraphy

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that MARK W. IRVIN, 65, of Meriden, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 180 months of imprisonment, followed by 15 years of supervised release, for producing 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 three males who were under the age of 18.  He also 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.  During a forensic analysis of the seized evidence, law enforcement found videos that depicted IRVIN engaged in sexual acts with two of the three males.  Law enforcement also found videos and images of naked minors that were taken with a hidden camera in IRVIN’s bathroom.

IRVIN has been detained since his arrest on September 18, 2015.  On August 31, 2016, he pleaded guilty to one count of production of child pornography.

IRVIN also is charged with related state offenses.

This matter was investigated by the Meriden Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, and Connecticut State Police.  The case was 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.

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Updated November 23, 2016