John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and David Sundberg, Special Agent in Charge of the New Haven Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, today announced that a federal grand jury in New Haven has returned an indictment charging ROBERT McGUIRE, 41, of Easton, Connecticut with production of child pornography.
The one-count indictment, which was returned on September 9, 2020, alleges that McGuire produced images of child pornography between February 2018 and June 2020.
McGuire appeared today via videoconference before U.S. Magistrate Judge William I. Garfinkel and pleaded not guilty to the charge. He has been detained since his arrest by the Easton Police Department on related state charges on July 10, 2020.
If convicted of the charge, McGuire faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 15 years and a maximum term of imprisonment of 30 years.
U.S. Attorney Durham stressed that an indictment 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 the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Easton Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Konstantin Lantsman and Sarala V. Nagala.
U.S. Attorney Durham thanked the State’s Attorney’s Office for the Judicial District of Fairfield for its close cooperation in investigating and prosecuting this matter.
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.