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Thursday, February 10, 2022

Waltham Man Indicted for Child Pornography Offense

BOSTON – A Waltham man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Boston for allegedly receiving child pornography.

Robert Daigle, 45, was indicted on one count of receipt of child pornography. Daigle was arrested and charged by criminal complaint on Jan. 11, 2022, with the same offense and, after a detention hearing, was released on pretrial conditions.

According to charging documents, a search of Daigle’s residence on Jan. 11, 2022, resulted in the recovery of electronic devices belonging to the defendant. An on-site forensic examination revealed images and videos depicting child pornography on at least one device. During an interview with investigative agents, Daigle allegedly admitted to downloading hundreds of thousands of child pornography files. 

The charge of receipt of child pornography provides for a sentence of at least five years and up to 20 years in prison, at least five years and up to a lifetime of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on the United States Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Office; and Waltham Police Chief Kevin O’Connell made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Suzanne Sullivan Jacobus of Rollins’ Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

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 locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identity and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.

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Updated February 10, 2022