David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Todd Parrilla, 48, of Stonington, waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to one count of receipt and distribution of child pornography. In pleading guilty, Todd Parrilla, a medical doctor who had a pediatric practice in southeastern Connecticut, admitted that he possessed more than 100,000 images and videos of child pornography.
“This defendant possessed and distributed tens of thousands of images and videos portraying the sexual abuse of children,” stated U.S. Attorney Fein. “This is a heinous crime. That it was committed by a pediatrician, whose profession is committed to the well-being of children, makes it especially disturbing. I commend the FBI and the Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force for investigating this matter and the tireless work they do every day to investigate these crimes and protect children from exploitation.”
According to court documents and statements made in court, on July 8, 2011, a law enforcement officer in Kansas City, Missouri, acting in an undercover capacity, logged into a publicly available Internet file sharing program and downloaded 104 images of child pornography from a shared directory maintained by Parrilla.
On August 23, 2011, Parrilla was arrested following the execution of a search and seizure warrant at his residence. On that date, the FBI seized two computers, three detachable hard drives, computer-related components, and numerous printed images of child pornography. Subsequent analysis of the seized computers and hard drives revealed more than 100,000 images and more than 10,000 videos depicting child pornography, including images of boys under the age of 12 engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Some of the material portrayed sadistic or masochistic conduct or other depictions of violence.
At the time of his arrest, Parrilla was employed as a pediatrician in Pawcatuck, Connecticut.
Parrilla has been released on bond under strict supervision of the United States Probation Office since shortly after his arrest. A condition of his bond includes that he have no unsupervised contact with children under the age of 18.
Judge Bryant has scheduled sentencing for October 24, 2012, at which time Parrilla faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years and a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.
This matter is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force, which includes federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. The Stonington Police Department has assisted the investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Deborah Slater and Ray Miller.
The Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force investigates crimes occurring over the Internet, including computer intrusion, Internet fraud, copyright violations, Internet threats and harassment, and online crimes against children. The task force also provides computer forensic review services for participating agencies. The task force is housed in the main FBI office in New Haven, Connecticut. For more information about the task force, please contact the FBI at 203-777-6311.
U.S. Attorney Fein noted that this prosecution is part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood Initiative, which is aimed at protecting children from sexual abuse and exploitation. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
To report cases of child exploitation, please visit www.cybertipline.com.