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West Hartford Man Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Downloading Child Pornography from the Dark Web

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

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that MARK ROHRER, 38, of West Hartford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for downloading child pornography from the dark web.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Rohrer had a user account on a dark web internet site that promoted child pornography.  Using Bitcoin, Rohrer downloaded images and videos of child pornography from the website in January 2016.

Images of child pornography were found on Rohrer’s home computers after a court-authorized search of his residence on April 3, 2018.

On September 14, 2018, Rohrer pleaded guilty to one count of receipt of child pornography.

Rohrer, who is released on a $50,000 bond pending sentencing, was ordered to report to prison on May 29, 2019.

This matter was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, with assistance from the West Hartford Police Department and Connecticut State Police.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah P. Karwan.

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 April 2, 2019

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