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District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 4, 2019

Wallingford Man Charged with Child Pornography Offenses

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Brian C. Turner, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, today announced that a federal grand jury in New Haven returned an indictment yesterday charging ERIC RUNDSTROM, 45, of Wallingford, with two counts of receipt and possession of child pornography.

As alleged in court documents, an FBI investigation revealed that Rundstrom had accessed an online website to connect with others interested in collecting and sharing images and videos of child pornography, and he would exchange emails with others.  Investigators discovered a link to an online file hosting account associated with Rundstrom where hundreds of images and videos of child pornography had been stored, including images of adult males sexually abusing prepubescent females.

The charge of receipt of child pornography carries a mandatory minimum of five years and a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.

Rundstrom was arrested on a federal criminal complaint on February 14, 2019, and is released on a $25,000 bond.

U.S. Attorney Durham stressed that an indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  Charges are only allegations and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This matter is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anastasia E. King.

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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Cyber Crime
Project Safe Childhood
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Updated October 4, 2019