Revere Man Indicted on Child Pornography Charge
Defendant is currently on state probation following conviction for similar offense
BOSTON – A Revere man was indicted today in federal court in Boston on child pornography charges.
Ian Silver-Eck, 21, was indicted on one count of possession of child pornography. In August 2017, Silver-Eck was charged in a criminal complaint and arrested. He has been detained in federal custody since that time.
According to court documents, following an investigation into the online trade of child pornography through Kik Messenger, a text messaging app, law enforcement officers executed a federal search warrant at Silver-Eck’s home in Revere, where they found evidence of child pornography on his cell phone. Silver-Eck is currently on probation following a conviction for a similar offense in state court.
The charge of possession of child pornography provides for a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, a minimum of five years and up to lifetime supervised release, and a fine of $250,000. Due to his prior conviction, Silver-Eck faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb and Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division, made the announcement today. The case was investigated by the FBI Boston Division’s Human Trafficking-Child Exploitation Task Force with valuable assistance provided by the Boston, Arlington, Newton, and Revere Police Departments. Assistant U.S. Attorney Anne Paruti, Weinreb’s Project Safe Childhood Coordinator and a member of the Major Crimes Unit, is prosecuting the case.
Members of the public who have questions, concerns or information regarding this case should call 617-748-3274.
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 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the DOJ’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to 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/.
The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.