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New Haven Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Possessing Child Pornography

U.S. Attorney’s Office September 20, 2013
  • District of Connecticut (203) 821-3700

Deirdre M. Daly, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Daniel Harrison, 32, of New Haven, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 120 months of imprisonment, followed by 20 years of supervised release, for possessing child pornography.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in October 2011, a Connecticut State Police Trooper assigned to the Computer Crimes Unit logged into a publicly available Internet file sharing program and downloaded images and videos of child pornography from a system connected to the network with an Internet protocol address assigned to Harrison. On November 28, 2011, law enforcement agents conducted a court-authorized search of Harrison’s residence and seized several items, including a laptop computer and a video game console. Forensic analysis of Harrison’s laptop and video game console revealed approximately 4,496 image files and 387 video files of child pornography.

Harrison was arrested on November 28, 2011. On December 14, 2012, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography.

In September 2002, in Connecticut Superior Court in New Haven, Harrison was convicted of possession of child pornography. As a result of this prior conviction, Harrison faced a mandatory minimum prison term of 10 years.

This matter was investigated by the Connecticut State Police Computer Crimes Unit, the New Haven Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Connecticut Child Exploitation Task Force, which includes federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Neeraj N. Patel.

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.justice.gov/psc.

To report cases of child exploitation, please visit www.cybertipline.com.