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US DOJ Press Release- Shelton Man Facing Federal Charges

U.S. Department of Justice


United States Attorney


District of Connecticut



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 3, 2024


CONTACT:

Tom Carson

Public Affairs Officer

(203) 821-3722

(203) 996-1393 (cell)


Shelton Man Charged with Producing Child Sex Abuse Images


            Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, Michael J. Krol, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), New England, and Connecticut State Police Colonel Daniel Loughman today announced that ROSS DeLIBRO, 53, of Shelton, has been charged by federal criminal complaint with production of child pornography.


DeLibro has been detained since his arrest on related state charges on June 11, 2024.


As alleged in court documents, in March 2024, a detective assigned to the Connecticut State Police Computer Crimes Unit began an investigation into the sharing of child sex abuse images and videos over a peer-to-peer file sharing network.  The investigation revealed that an internet protocol (IP) address assigned to DeLibro’s residence in Shelton had been used to download child sex abuse videos.  On May 1, 2024, investigators conducted a court-authorized search of DeLibro’s residence and seized his Apple MacBook Air, his iPhone, an external hard drive, and other items.  Analysis of the seized items revealed image and video files depicting male children being sexually abused, including two images in which DeLibro appears engaging in sexually explicit conduct with a toddler.


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.


U.S. Attorney Avery stressed that a complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  Charges are only allegations, and the 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 Shelton Police Department and the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection’s Division of Scientific Services.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Daniel George and Nancy Gifford.


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.


The U.S. Attorney’s Office Victim Advocate can be reached at usact.vns@usdoj.gov or 203-696-3039.

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