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Swansea Man Agrees to Plead Guilty to Child Pornography Offense

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts
Defendant previously convicted of child pornography in 2002

BOSTON – A Swansea man agreed to plead guilty yesterday in federal court in Boston to possession of child pornography.

Todd Miozza, 52, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography. The Court deferred acceptance of the proposed plea agreement until sentencing, which U.S. Senior District Judge William G. Young scheduled for Jan 19, 2023. Miozza was arrested and charged on June 29, 2022.

As stated during the hearing, Miozza admitted that he had obtained child pornography over the internet using a social media platform. During a search of Miozza’ s residence in June, his iPhone and laptop were seized and found to contain child sexual abuse material – including videos depicting infants. 

Miozza was previously convicted of possession of child pornography in the District of Massachusetts in 2002.

The charge of possession of child pornography by a person previously convicted of a child pornography offense carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and up to 20 years in prison, a mandatory minimum of five years and up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.

United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins and Matthew Millhollin, Special Agent in Charge for Homeland Security Investigations, New England made the announcement. The Swansea Police Department provided valuable assistance to the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Elianna J. Nuzum of Rollins’ Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. 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 locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit https://www.justice.gov/psc.

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Updated September 28, 2022

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