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Waterbury Man Sentenced to Prison for Child Exploitation Offense

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

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that HARRY BRIGHT, also known as “Buddy Bright,” 79, of Waterbury, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to three months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for a child exploitation offense.  Judge Shea ordered Bright to serve his first two months of supervised release in home confinement.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in November 2017, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) contacted Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) to report that NCMEC had been notified by Facebook’s Trust and Safety team that Bright was enticing a 15-year-old female through Facebook instant messaging to engage in sexual activity, and was planning on traveling to the Philippines on December 4, 2017, to meet the minor victim.  The investigation revealed that Bright started communicating with the minor victim in late August 2017, sent her sexually explicit messages and requested that she send him nude photographs of herself.  In September 2017, Bright sent the minor victim nude pictures of himself.

The investigation further revealed that Bright had engaged in sexually explicit conversations with other minor females in the Philippines through Facebook, and that he sent one of those minor victims a nude picture of himself.

Bright was arrested on a federal criminal complaint on December 4, 2017.  On May 31, 2018, he pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of obscene matter to a minor.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jacabed Rodriguez-Coss.

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 November 29, 2018

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