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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 7, 2018

Northborough Man Sentenced for Possessing Child Pornography

Files included the sexual abuse of a child approximately 6-to-8-years-old

BOSTON – A Northborough man was sentenced today in federal court in Worcester for possession of child pornography.

Joshua Lundberg, 35, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman to 10 years in prison and 10 years of supervised release. In April 2018, Lundberg pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography.

In May 2016, law enforcement began an investigation of peer-to-peer file sharing networks used to share and obtain child pornography. On May 15, 2016, a member of law enforcement reviewing available public files on one such peer-to-peer network located several files he suspected to contain child pornography and was able to partially download one of the files. Law enforcement then traced the IP address used to share the partially downloaded video to Lundberg’s residence.

A search of Lundberg’s home in Northborough resulted in the seizure of a laptop that was hidden on top of the kitchen cabinets in a tight space against the ceiling. Forensic analysis of that computer revealed the presence of the peer-to-peer file sharing program that had been used to share the partially downloaded video along with dozens of digital files containing child pornography, one of which depicted the rape of a child between the ages of six and eight-years-old by an adult male.

At the time of Lundberg’s arrest, he was on probation for a 2012 conviction in Worcester Superior Court for charges relating to the possession and dissemination of child pornography.  

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Grady of Lelling’s Worcester Branch Office prosecuted the case.

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Updated September 7, 2018