United States v. Richard Smith
On October 1, 2020, Richard Smith was arrested pursuant to a federal criminal complaint charging him with receipt and possession of child pornography, in violation of federal law. He appeared before Magistrate Judge Robert Richardson in Hartford, Connecticut and was ordered detained pending trial. On March 29, 2021, a federal grand jury sitting in New Haven, Connecticut returned an indictment charging Smith with receipt and possession of child pornography. Smith appeared again before Magistrate Judge Richardson and pleaded not guilty. He remains in custody.
As alleged in court documents, on October 1, 2020, HSI conducted a court-authorized search of Smith’s Southington residence. At the time of the search, Smith’s computer was running and connected to a website dedicated to child pornography, and one of Smith’s four computer monitors displayed a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet containing numerous child pornography filenames and internet hyperlinks. Investigators seized Smith’s computer and electronic devices. Forensic analysis of the seized devices revealed millions of images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of children. If convicted of the charges, Smith faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years and a maximum term of imprisonment of 40 years.
Trial is tentatively scheduled for June 3, 2021 @ 8:30am in Courtroom Three, 141 Church Street, New Haven, CT before District Judge Jeffrey Meyer.