New Britain Man Charged with Child Pornography Offenses

New Britain Man Charged with Child Pornography Offenses

Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Matthew B. Millhollin, Special Agent in Charge, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Boston, today announced that JOSHUA GLAESER, 34, of New Britain, has been charged by federal criminal complaint with possession and distribution of child pornography.

As alleged in court documents, in the summer of 2022, a Connecticut State Police detective investigating child exploitation offenses identified an IP address at Glaeser’s New Britain residence that was being used in the distribution of child pornography.  In 2012, Glaeser was convicted in state court of possession of child pornography.  Glaeser was arrested on December 9, 2022, after HSI special agents executed a court authorized search warrant at his residence and seized Glaeser’s Chromebook, tablet, smartphone and storage cards.  Preliminary analysis of the seized items revealed images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of children, including prepubescent children.

After his arrest, Glaeser appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert A. Richardson in Hartford and was ordered detained.

If convicted of distribution of child pornography, Glaeser faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 15 years and a maximum term of imprisonment of 30 years.  If convicted of possession of child pornography, Glaeser faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years and maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.  The penalties in this matter are enhanced based on Glaeser’s prior conviction for possession of child pornography.

Avery stressed that a complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  Charges are only allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This matter is being investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Connecticut State Police.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel E. Cummings.

This prosecution is part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood Initiative, which is aimed at protecting children from sexual abuse and exploitation.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

To report cases of child exploitation, please visit www.cybertipline.com.

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