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Eastern Connecticut Resident Sentenced to 44 Months in Federal Prison for Distributing Child Pornography

U.S. Attorney’s Office November 20, 2012
  • District of Connecticut (203) 821-3700

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Adam Lee Petrowski, 26, of Canterbury, formerly of Griswold, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to 44 months of imprisonment, followed by 10 years of supervised release, for distributing child pornography.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Petrowski used a peer-to-peer Internet file sharing program to receive and distribute images of child pornography. In January 2010, agents with the Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force conducted a court-authorized search of Petrowski’s Griswold residence and seized a desktop computer and an external hard drive. Forensic analysis of the seized items revealed more than 2,300 image files and 24 video files of child pornography. Included in his collection of child pornography were images of children under the age of 12 engaged in sexually explicit conduct and images of children engaging in sadistic or masochistic conduct.

Petrowski has been released on a $100,000 bond since his arrest on November 5, 2010. On August 28, 2012, he pleaded guilty to one count of receipt and distribution of child pornography.

Petrowski was ordered to report to prison on January 15, 2013.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Secret Service, and the Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force, which includes federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sarala V. Nagala.

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.

The Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force, which is housed at the 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.

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