Connecticut Man Indicted for Distributing and Receving Child Pornography
ALBANY, NY—Parker Sikand, age 23, of Ellington, Connecticut, was indicted last month on three felony charges of distributing, receiving and possessing child pornography, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Andrew W. Vale, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Upon conviction, Sikand would face a mandatory minimum penalty of five years’ imprisonment on the distribution and receipt charges, with a maximum penalty of 20 years on each of the three charges. He would also face a potential fine of up to $250,000, a term of supervised release of at least five years and up to life, and mandatory registration as a sex offender.
Sikand has been released and is subject to pretrial supervision pending a trial scheduled for December 7, 2015 before United States District Court Judge Mae A. D’Agostino. He was indicted on September 24.
Sikand was living in Troy, New York, at the time of his alleged conduct.
The charges in the indictment are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett
This case is prosecuted as a part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims.