Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that MARK ROMAN, 53, of East Windsor, was arrested yesterday on a federal criminal complaint charging him with production of child pornography and transportation of child pornography.
Following his arrest, Roman appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas O. Farrish in Hartford and is detained pending a detention hearing that is scheduled for December 8.
As alleged in the complaint, law enforcement began investigating Roman after Yahoo! reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that Roman’s email account was transmitting images of child sexual abuse. Investigators determined that Roman’s email account also contained voyeuristic images and videos of naked children that appeared to be homemade. On November 2, 2021, the Connecticut State Police and East Windsor Police Department executed a state search warrant at Roman’s residence and seized Roman’s iPhone, laptop and computer storage devices. Preliminary analysis of the seized items has revealed approximately 3,000 images and videos of child pornography, including images and videos of Roman sexually abusing a girl who was between the ages of six and eight, and numerous voyeuristic videos that Roman secretly took of the minor victim and another minor female who was between the ages of two and four.
The charge of production of child pornography carries a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 15 years and a maximum term of imprisonment of 30 years, and the charge of transportation of child pornography carries a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years and a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.
Acting U.S. Attorney Boyle stressed that a criminal complaint is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and a 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, with the assistance of the East Windsor Police Departments. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nancy V. Gifford.
Acting U.S. Attorney Boyle thanked the Hartford State’s Attorney’s Office for its cooperation in the investigation and prosecution of this case.
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.