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Massachusetts man sentenced to 15 years in prison for child pornography distribution

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

MIAMI – On Feb. 9, a Massachusetts man was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison, followed by 25 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution to victims totaling $33,500 in West Palm Beach federal court after being previously convicted of 15 counts of distribution of child pornography.

During the summer of 2023, Eric Bahre, 41, of Westfield, Massachusetts, sent dozens of videos of child pornography, including the sado-masochistic abuse of infants and toddlers to a woman in South Florida in a chatroom. During his communication, Bahre emphasized that the videos were for the woman to share them with her “child.”

In June 2023, HSI West Palm Beach and HSI Springfield federal agents, along with Westfield Police Department (WPD), Hampden County Sheriff’s Office (HCSD), and the Massachusetts State Police (MSP) officers found electronic devices containing videos and photographs of child exploitation material in Bahre’s house. They also found evidence of Bahre’s communications with the woman, and others, in chatrooms dedicated to the distribution of child pornography.

U.S. Attorney Markenzy Lapointe for the Southern District of Florida and Special Agent in Charge Anthony Salisbury of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Miami, announced the sentence.

HSI West Palm Beach Office investigated the case with assistance from HSI Springfield Office, WPD, HCSD, and MSP. Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Schiller prosecuted the case. 

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC), a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.  Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals, who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.  For more information about the Project Safe Childhood initiative and for information regarding Internet safety, please visit

To report online child sexual exploitation, use the electronic Cyber Tip Line or call 1-800-843-5678. The Cyber Tip Line is operated by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in partnership with the HSI and other law enforcement agencies.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at or at, under case number 23-cr-80093.



Public Affairs Unit

U.S. Attorney’s Office

Southern District of Florida

Updated February 13, 2024

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