Bolton Man Sentenced for Child Pornography Offenses
BOSTON – Michael Hayes, 24, of Bolton, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman to 40 months in prison and eight years of supervised release for possession of child pornography. The court scheduled a hearing in March 2015 on the issue of restitution. Hayes pleaded guilty to the charge in September 2014.
In November 2013, Hayes permitted an undercover federal agent, through the use of a peer-2-peer file sharing network, to download a number of image files and video files which depict child pornography. During the subsequent execution of a search warrant at Hayes's residence, a laptop computer and other storage media were seized, which contained over 2,000 images and videos of child pornography.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Vincent B. Lisi, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division, and Bolton Police Chief Vincent C. Alfano, made the announcement. The case is being prosecuted by Michelle L. Dineen Jerrett of Ortiz’s Worcester Branch Office.
The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In 2006, the Department of Justice created Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the DOJ’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.