Fall River Man Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Charges
BOSTON – Frank Almeida, 49, of Fall River, pleaded guilty Wednesday, April 29, 2015, to distribution and possession of child pornography. U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton scheduled sentencing for July 30, 2015.
In June 2014, law enforcement officers became aware that an individual had posted child pornography to “megachat.us,” a public Internet file sharing program. Federal agents examined the files, determined that they contained pictures and videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, and had been posted by Almeida. When federal and state law enforcement officers executed a federal search warrant on Almeida’s residence, they seized a computer and various digital storage devices containing multiple images and videos of child pornography.
The charging statutes provide for a minimum mandatory term of five years and no greater than 20 years in prison, and a minimum mandatory term of five years and up to a lifetime of supervised release. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Vincent B. Lisi, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; and Fall River Police Chief Daniel S. Racine, made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth G. Shine of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit.
The case is 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/.
Members of the public who have questions, concerns or information regarding this case should call (617) 748-3274.