Worcester Man Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Charges
BOSTON—A Worcester man pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Worcester to charges of possession of child pornography.
Peyton Bissell, 22, of Worcester, Mass., pleaded guilty to one count of possession of material depicting child pornography. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman scheduled sentencing for January 28, 2016.
On July 28, 2014, agents of the FBI and Homeland Security, along with members of the Massachusetts State Police and Worcester Police Department, executed a federal search warrant at Peyton Bissell’s residence. Peyton Bissell immediately indicated to agents that he knew why they were present and that they would find what they were looking for on a computer in his bedroom. On scene forensic review of the computer belonging to Peyton revealed hundreds of videos and images containing child pornography. Peyton went on to give an audio video recorded confession to knowingly seeking out and downloading child pornography to his computer from peer to peer file sharing networks on the Internet.
The charge of possession of child pornography carries maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a minimum mandatory term of five years and up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division, Matthew Etre, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston, Colonel Richard D. McKeon, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, and Gary J. Gemme, Chief of the Worcester Police Department, made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Mark Grady of Ortiz’s Worcester Branch Office.
The case is brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In 2006, the Department of Justice created Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the DOJ’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.