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Friday, June 9, 2017

Waltham Man Sentenced for Possessing Child Pornography

Majority of images and videos involve children ages 7-12

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

Christopher J. Sullivan, 20, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Senior Judge Mark L. Wolf to time served, five years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $2,000. In February 2017, Sullivan pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography.

In January 2016, federal agents in Portland, Ore., received information that a minor boy had been engaging in online sexually explicit conversations with an adult man living in Waltham, Mass. Following an investigation, a federal search warrant was issued for Sullivan’s residence in Waltham.  During the search, a number of digital devices, which Sullivan later admitted belonged to him, containing multiple images and videos depicting children engaging in sexually explicit conduct were recovered.  A forensic analysis revealed that the majority of the children depicted in the pictures and videos were between the ages of 7 and 12 years old.

Acting U.S. 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 Waltham Police Department assisted with the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth G. Shine of Weinreb’s Major Crimes Unit prosecuted the case.

Project Safe Childhood
Updated June 9, 2017