Southington man indicted after being found with millions of images, videos of sexual child abuse, federal officials say

Published on Friday, 16 April 2021 17:11
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

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A Southington man has been indicted after federal officials say he was found with millions of photos and videos of child pornography.

Richard Smith, 65, pleaded not guilty during a videoconference hearing Thursday, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The 65-year-old was indicted on March 29 for receipt and possession of child pornography, federal officials said.

He has been detained since Oct. 1, when Homeland Security Investigations searched his Southington home and seized his computer and other electronic devices. A forensic analysis of these devices turned up millions of images and videos depicting sexual abuse of children, federal officials said.

During the search of Smith’s home, investigators found that his computer was on and connected to a child pornography website, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. One of his multiple monitors was displaying an excel spreadsheet containing numerous child pornography filenames and hyperlinks, federal officials said.

Smith would be exposed to a minimum mandatory sentence of five years in prison and as many as 40 years behind bars if he were to be convicted, according to federal officials.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said this investigation has been handled by Homeland Security Investigations with the assistance of Southington police.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Friday, 16 April 2021 17:11. Updated: Friday, 16 April 2021 17:14.