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David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Kimberly K. Mertz, Special Agent in Charge of the New Haven Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced that a federal grand jury sitting in Bridgeport returned an indictment today charging DAVID CSANADI, 35, of Newtown, with three counts of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.
The indictment alleges that, between approximately 2006 and 2009, CSANADI sexually abused three female children, videotaped the abuse and maintained the tapes at his home in Newtown.
Two of the three alleged victims, who have been identified, were approximately 18 months old and 4½ years old at the time of the abuse. The third victim has not yet been identified.
In addition to filming and maintaining video tapes of the sexual abuse that he inflicted on female children, it is alleged that CSANADI downloaded from the Internet and obtained other images and videos of child pornography on his home computer.
If convicted of the charge of production of child pornography, CSANADI faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 15 years and a maximum term of imprisonment of 30 years on each count. The charge of possession of child pornography carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.
CSANADI has been detained in state custody since April 15, 2011, when he was arrested on three counts of first-degree sexual assault, three counts of risk of injury or impairing the morals of children, three counts of illegal sexual contact with a child, and one count of third-degree possession of child pornography.
U.S. Attorney Fein stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This matter is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force, the Newtown Police Department, and the Monroe Police Department. Assistant State’s Attorney Colleen Zingaro of the Danbury State’s Attorney’s Office has provided critical assistance to the investigation and prosecution of this matter.
The Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force, which includes federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, is housed in the main FBI office in New Haven. Citizens who have information that may be helpful to this investigation are encouraged to call the Task Force at 203-777-6311.
This case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Neeraj Patel and Assistant United States Attorney Krishna Patel as part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood Initiative, and the District of Connecticut’s “Operation Constant Vigilance,” which are aimed at protecting children from sexual abuse and exploitation. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov .
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