Southington man indicted for possession of child pornography previously convicted for having sexual contact with 8-year-old

Published on Monday, 19 April 2021 16:30
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

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A Southington man indicted for allegedly possessing millions of photos and videos of child pornography has previously been convicted of having sexual contact with an 8-year-old, according to federal and state records.

Richard Smith, 65, of 325 River St., was sentenced to three years in prison in August 1999 on charges of risk of injury to a minor and illegal possession of child pornography, according to the state’s Sex Offender Registry.

In that case, the registry continued, he had sexual contact with an 8-year-old child, and investigators subsequently found him in possession of images depicting boys and girls engaged in sexual acts. Smith was released from prison in August 2002 and has been required to register as a sex offender.

Smith last week pleaded not guilty to receipt and possession of child pornography. His pleas came during a videoconference hearing, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The charges, which expose him to as many as 40 years in prison, followed an indictment handed down in March.

Federal officials last week said Smith 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.

According to federal court papers, investigators seized two desktop computers and several hard drives.

During the search of Smith’s home, investigators found that one his computers 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.

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



Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Monday, 19 April 2021 16:30. Updated: Monday, 19 April 2021 16:33.