HARTFORD — Edward F. Wilson, 29, of Hawleyville on Wednesday, May 1, received a sentence of more than 23 years in federal prison, followed by 10 years of probation, for producing, trading, and possessing child pornography.
US District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant handed down a 280-month sentence to Wilson in US District Court, according to a statement from David B. Fein, US Attorney for Connecticut.
According to court documents and statements made in court, Wilson sexually abused a female child, filmed and photographed the abuse with an iPhone, and then maintained the videos and images on his home computer.
The victim was approximately 4 years old at the time of the abuse in 2011 and 2012, according to federal spokesman Thomas Carson.
In addition to filming, photographing, and maintaining videos and images of the sexual abuse that he inflicted on the female child, Wilson traded via e-mail hundreds of other images and videos of child pornography and maintained a collection of child pornography on his home computers.
“The US Attorney’s Office is steadfastly committed to working with our state counterparts to use the full weight of federal child exploitation laws to prosecute those who commit these heinous crimes,” Mr Fein said.
“Together we can protect society from dangerous offenders, often in ways that protect young victims from having to testify and being further victimized. I want to thank the Danbury State’s Attorney’s Office, the Connecticut State Police, the Newtown Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Connecticut Child Exploitation Task Force for their critical assistance and cooperation during the course of this investigation,” Mr Fein said.
On February 13, Wilson pleaded guilty to one count of production of child pornography.
Wilson has been detained in state custody since his arrest at his Hillcrest Drive home on April 13, 2012, on charges of first-degree possession of child pornography, obscenity, and promoting a minor in an obscene performance.
Last July 10, Wilson was arrested on 22 additional state charges, including six counts of first-degree sexual assault, five counts of fourth-degree sexual assault, and 11 counts of risk of injury. Those state charges are pending.
In August 2012, a federal grand jury sitting in New Haven returned an indictment charging Wilson with one count each of production of child pornography, receipt and distribution of child pornography, and possession of child pornography. Wilson had then pleaded not guilty to all three charges.
At his sentencing on May 1, Wilson faced a mandatory minimum prison term of 15 years, and a maximum possible prison term of 30 years.
Assistant US Attorney Neeraj N. Patel prosecuted the case against Wilson.