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Connecticut man sentenced for downloading child pornography

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A Manchester, Conn., resident was sentenced to federal prison for downloading child pornography from the Internet after an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Today, Roger Chapell, 57, of Penny Lane, Manchester, was sentenced to 14 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release. Chapell pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography on Jan. 20, 2009.

According to documents filed with the U.S. District Court and statements made in court, on Dec. 21, 2007, special agents with ICE executed search warrants on Chapell's residence and subsequently determined that he had images of child pornography on his computer. In pleading guilty, Chapell admitted that he had downloaded the images from the Internet and stored them on his computer. Chapell had purchased access to a website that offered child pornography for viewing and downloading.

Upon his release from prison, Chapell will be required to register as a sex offender. As a special condition of his five-year period of supervised release, the U.S. Probation Office is authorized to monitor Chapell's computer use and conduct searches of his residence without a warrant. Also, Chapell may not have any unsupervised contact with children under the age of 18.
This case was investigated by ICE and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rahul Kale.

This investigation is part of ICE's Operation Predator, the agency's flagship initiative targeting child sex predators. Since Operation Predator's inception five years ago, ICE has arrested more than 11,000 child predators nationwide, including a number of individuals who have committed a wide range of child sex exploitation crimes. For more information regarding Operation Predator please visit www.ice.gov.

To report any suspicious activity to ICE, please call 1-866-DHS-2ICE or email operation.predator@dhs.gov.

To report suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), call 1-800-843-5678 or www.cybertipline.com.