MERIDEN — A local man pleaded guilty Thursday to possessing child pornography and will face five years in prison.
Jordan Thibodeau, 23, of 421 Parker Ave. S., pleaded guilty in Meriden Superior Court to second-degree possession of child pornography. He was arrested on May 12, 2016 and charged with first-degree possession of child pornography and promoting a minor in an obscene performance.
According to the state’s attorney’s office, there is a plea agreement in place that calls for a sentence of 10 years, suspended after five years, followed by 10 years of probation. Two years of the sentence is mandatory under state statute.
Thibodeau will be required to register as a sex offender for 10 years and undergo sex offender evaluation and treatment as deemed necessary.
Meriden police were alerted in 2015 by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about suspected child pornography downloaded on a peer to peer network, according to Thibodeau’s arrest warrant. Police reviewed the suspected images and noted they showed young children between one and 12 years old.
Police obtained a warrant for the IP address that downloaded the images, the warrant said. Officers went to the Parker Avenue South address and spoke with Thibodeau, who told police he downloaded child pornography from a website.
The state’s attorney said police found 244 images and two videos of child pornography on Thibodeau’s devices, adding that the images had been deleted and had to be recovered by forensic analysis.
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