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Meriden Woman Sentenced to More Than 7 Years in Federal Prison for Child Exploitation Offense

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut

Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that AMBER FOLEY, 33, formerly of Meriden, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 90 months of imprisonment, followed by 10 years of supervised release, for distributing sexually explicit images of a four-year old girl.

According to court documents and statements made in court, law enforcement began investigating Foley in October 2017 after she sent a sexually explicit photo of a four-year-old girl to a man with whom she was chatting on MeetMe, a mobile dating application.  The investigation revealed that she had previously sent sexually explicit images of both the minor victim and a two-year-old boy to other men on MeetMe.  She also initiated conversations about sexual activity involving the minor victim and asked the men to describe in explicit detail the sexual acts they would perform on the minor victim.

Investigators did not uncover any evidence that Foley and the minor victim met the men with whom Foley chatted.

Foley was arrested on January 18, 2018.  On May 11, 2021, she pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of child pornography.

This matter was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Meriden and Hartford Police Departments, with the assistance of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Nancy V. Gifford and Maria del Pilar Gonzalez.

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

Updated September 9, 2021

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