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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 5, 2021

Wallingford Man Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Downloading Child Sex Abuse Images from the Internet

Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ERIC RUNDSTROM, 47, of Wallingford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for downloading child sex abuse images from the internet.

According to court documents and statements made in court, an FBI investigation revealed that Rundstrom had accessed an online website to connect with others interested in collecting and sharing images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of children.  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.

Rundstrom was arrested on a federal criminal complaint on February 14, 2019.  On March 4, 2020, he pleaded guilty to one count of receipt and possession of child pornography.

Rundstrom, who is released on a $25,000 bond, is required to report to prison on December 7.

This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and 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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Updated November 5, 2021