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Walpole Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison for Sexually Exploiting Two Children

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON – A Walpole man was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for producing child pornography.

Steven Bennett, 52, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs to 20 years in prison and five years of supervised release. In April 2018, Bennett pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of children. Bennett has been in custody since his arrest in May 2017. 

On May 25, 2017, as a result of an April 2017 investigation into various individuals seeking nude pictures of underage girls via Craigslist, authorities executed a federal search warrant at Bennett’s home. Bennett admitted that he secretly video recorded two minor females who were known to him. Subsequent forensic analysis of several devices seized from Bennett during the search revealed more than 100 videos of the girls in the nude. 

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Peter C. Fitzhugh, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston, made the announcement today. Valuable assistance was provided by the Walpole Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Anne Paruti, Lelling’s Project Safe Childhood Coordinator and a member of the Major Crimes Unit, is prosecuting the case.

This 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 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and 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

Updated September 12, 2018

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