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Man facing federal child porn charges

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PUTNAM, CT (WFSB) -

A Putnam man was arrested on federal charges of distribution and possession of child pornography early Thursday morning.

Armed with a search and seizure warrant, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents from the child exploitation task force spent several hours at a home on Underwood Road in Putnam.

Authorities arrested 32-year-old Darrick Collette and charged him with receipt, possession and distribution of child pornography.

The federal complaint alleges that an FBI special agent logged onto a website on March 19 and downloaded images and videos of child pornography tracing back the IP address to Collette's residence.

Neighbors wouldn't talk about the family. They would only say FBI agents were here before 6 a.m.

Town records reveal that Collette owns the house with his girlfriend Killeen Beaudette and two young children live in the house.

Officials with the FBI said they seized a computer and multiple external hard drives.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said the charges are serious because the images found are of minors under the age of 12.

If convicted, Collette is looking at five to 20 years in jail and a fine of up to $250,000.

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