Federal judge sentences man to 14 years for distributing child pornography
By WFSB Staff
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -
A former Stamford man was sentenced to 14 years in prison Thursday for distributing child pornography.
Juan Carlos Melendez, 33, was sentenced in federal court to 168 months in jail, followed by a lifetime term of supervised release.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on March 2, 2010, agents with the Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force conducted a court-authorized search of Melendez's Stamford residence and seized computer components, including an external hard drive.
On that date, Melendez told agents that he had approximately 90 gigabytes of images and videos of child pornography.
Subsequent forensic analysis of the computer components revealed more than 17,000 images and 370 videos of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
Thousands of the images and videos depicted infants and toddlers being sexually abused by adult males.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force, which includes federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The Stamford Police Department provided valuable assistance to the investigation.