CT man convicted of uploading thousands of child sex abuse images

A Connecticut man has been sentenced to 60 months in prison for uploading more than 50,000 child sexual abuse images and videos onto the internet.

New Haven County resident Michael Schmeer, 52, of Waterbury, was sentenced on Tuesday, January 18, followed by five years of supervised release, said Leonard C Boyle, U.S. District Attorney for Connecticut.

According to court documents and statements made in court, an investigation revealed that an IP address at Schmeer’s residence was used to download child sexual abuse images and videos from a sharing network. peer-to-peer files.

In August 2020, investigators conducted a court-authorized search of Schmeer’s residence and seized computer equipment, including several external storage devices, according to court documents.

Schmeer, who was present during the search, was arrested on state charges after admitting to investigators that he downloaded and possessed child pornography. Analysis of seized storage devices revealed more than 54,000 images and 5,000 videos depicting child sexual abuse, the US attorney’s office said.

In August, Schmeer pleaded guilty to one count of receiving child pornography.

Schmeer, who has been out on bail since his federal arrest, is due in jail in February.

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