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Woodstock Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Child Pornography Offenses

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

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that RYAN HARDING, 29, of Woodstock, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to 144 months of imprisonment, followed by 15 years of supervised release, for receiving and possessing child pornography.

According to court documents and statements made in court, between July 16, 2013 and October 30, 2013, HARDING received images and videos of child pornography that he downloaded from individuals via the Internet using a peer-to-peer file sharing program.  During a search of the residence on October 30, 2013, law enforcement officers seized computers and a thumb drive.  Forensic analysis of HARDING’s computers and thumb drive revealed more than 600 image files and videos of child pornography.  He also possessed images of a partially naked 13-year old boy that he knew.

On November 20, 2014, HARDING pleaded guilty to one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

After his arrest on November 26, 2013, HARDING was released on bond and placed on home confinement with GPS monitoring.  At the conclusion of today’s sentencing proceeding, he was remanded to custody to begin serving his sentence

This matter was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the Connecticut State Police Computer Crimes Unit.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Neeraj N. Patel.

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 17, 2015