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CyberTipline Success Stories

Suspect arrested; Child rescued

In February 2012 the CyberTipline® received reports from a registered Electronic Service Provider regarding a user who allegedly emailed sexually exploitive images of prepubescent children to another individual. The ESP provided information including an email address, a screen name and a ZIP code associated with the reported suspect.

An Exploited Children Division analyst quickly traced the reported ZIP code to a location in Connecticut. Through extensive online searches of the reported email address she found an online profile containing important clues including:

  • A possible nickname and last name for the suspect.
  • Various postings made by the suspect using a mobile device originating from different cities in Connecticut.
  • A message alluding to the suspect's first name.
  • A photo album containing various images of an adult male with two girls.
  • References to the children's names, ages and the older child's date of birth.
  • The name of the suspect's wife.

The analyst conducted public record database searches using the potential full name and location. Those searches yielded a possible match. The analyst forwarded the CyberTipline report to the Connecticut Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

ICAC investigators along with representatives from local law enforcement executed a search warrant on the suspect's home, in which more than 300 images of apparent child pornography were located.

Investigators were able to identify a child featured in one of the video files.  Law enforcement arrested the suspect and charged him with possession of child pornography, promoting a minor in an obscene performance, child sexual assault, obscenity, and risk of injury to a child.

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