(WTNH) — A Thompson man has been sentenced to 24 months in prison for trading child pornography over the Internet.
Darrick Collette, 34, of Thompson, formerly of Putnam, was sentenced to 24 months in prison, followed by seven years of supervised release. According to court documents and statements made in court on March 19, 2013, an FBI agent logged onto a publicly available Internet peer-to-peer file sharing network and downloaded images and videos of child pornography from a computer connected to the network with an Internet Protocol (IP) address assigned to Collette’s residence while he was living in Putnam.
Officials say that during a search of his residence on June 13, 2013, officers seized computers and multiple external hard drives. Collette was arrested after he admitted that he had been downloading and trading child pornography over the Internet for more than ten years.
Forensic analysis of Collette’s computers and hard drives revealed more than 600 image files and videos of child pornography, including files depicting children under the age of 12 engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
On October 9, 2014, Collette waived indictment and pleaded guilty to one count of receipt and distribution of child pornography.
Collette, who is released on bond, was ordered to report to prison on December 18, 2015.