David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that William Santiago, Jr., 27, of Middletown, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Alfred V. Covello in Hartford to 41 months of imprisonment, followed by 10 years of supervised release, for possessing child pornography.
According to court documents and statements made in court, Santiago used a peer-to-peer Internet file sharing program to download images of child pornography. On October 15, 2009, agents with the Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force conducted a court-authorized search of Santiago’s residence and seized Santiago’s laptop computer and other computer-related evidence. Forensic analysis of the seized computer revealed at least 15 images files and 22 video files depicting child pornography, including images of children under the age of 12 engaged in sexual conduct.
On November 9, 2011, Santiago waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Hartford Police Department, and the Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force, which includes federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Paul McConnell and Deborah Slater.
This prosecution is part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood Initiative, and the District of Connecticut’s Operation Constant Vigilance, which are aimed at protecting children from sexual abuse and exploitation.
The Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force, which is housed at the main FBI office in New Haven, investigates crimes occurring over the Internet, including online crimes against children, and provides computer forensic review services for participating agencies. For more information about the task force, or to report child exploitation crimes, please contact the FBI at 203-777-6311.
To report cases of child exploitation, please visit www.cybertipline.com.