Former State Court Victims Attorney Sentenced to 9 Years for Distributing Child Sexual Abuse Material | USAO-CT
Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and David Sundberg, Special Agent in Charge for the New Haven Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced today that ROBERT ECCLESTON, 58, of Canton, was sentenced by the US District yesterday Hartford Judge Michael P. Shea was sentenced to 108 months in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release for distributing images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of children.
According to court documents and testimonies in court, undercover FBI agents at two different field offices outside of Connecticut monitored various public groups on the social media application Kik in 2020. During August and September 2020, Eccleston, using the Kik usernames “hartfordctguy” and “Mowgli100”, circulated numerous pornographic images and videos of children in these Kik groups, including images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of infant and pre-adolescent children. Eccleston also acted as the admin of two Kik groups and required potential members to send him child sexual abuse videos for group access.
Eccleston was arrested on December 11, 2020. At the time of the crime, he was employed as a victim services attorney in Hartford Superior Court in Hartford.
Eccleston has been detained since his arrest. On January 24, 2022, he pled guilty to one count of distributing child pornography.
As part of his sentence, Judge Shea Eccleston ordered a total of $25,000 to be paid to four victims of his crime, $35,000 to the Child Pornography Victims Reserve, $5,000 to the Domestic Trafficking Victims Fund and a $30,000 fine.
“This case is a stark reminder that child sexual exploitation occurs in all segments of our community,” said US Attorney Avery. “Based on the position that this defendant took while engaging in such reprehensible behavior, this case represents a tremendous breach of trust on multiple levels. We thank the FBI and our other law enforcement partners for investigating and eradicating these crimes wherever they go.” exist, and we further thank the dedicated professionals of the Connecticut State Judicial Branch’s Office of Victim Services for their support and continued service to victims throughout Connecticut.”
“This case sheds light on why we are using every available law enforcement tool to protect our most vulnerable population,” said FBI Special Agent Sundberg. “Sex crimes against children will always be a top priority for the FBI.”
This investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance from the Avon Police Department. The case was prosecuted by US Assistant Attorney Angel M. Krull.
This law enforcement is part of the US Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood initiative, which aims to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, visit www.justice.gov/psc.
To report cases of child exploitation, please visit www.cybertipline.com.