Sanford man gets nearly 30-year sentence on child porn charges

Posted Oct. 12, 2012, at 5:59 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Sanford man was sentenced to 28 years and four months in prison for production, distribution and possession of child pornography, during a hearing Friday in U.S. District Court.

Royce Breton, 32, was found guilty of the charges on May 10 after a four-day jury trial, according to U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II.

In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge D. Brock Hornby ordered Breton to undergo 15 years of supervised release after completing his sentence.

According to evidence introduced during his trial, Breton produced child pornography involving an infant, distributed child pornography using Yahoo! Messenger and possessed more than 300 images of child pornography that were found on a computer in his home.

The victim in the case was a female relative of Breton’s between the ages of 6 months and a year, according to court documents. A sexually explicit photo was taken between Jan. 11, 2008, and Aug. 24, 2010, according to the indictment.

Participating in the investigation that led to Breton’s conviction were the Sanford and Lewiston police departments, the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit, the U.S. Secret Service and the High Tech Investigative Unit of the U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, or CEOS.

“The prosecution in this case was successful due to the hard work and cooperation of all of the investigating agencies,” Delahanty said.

The case was brought to trial as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.

Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute those who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.

For more information about Project Safe Childhood, visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. More information about Internet safety education can be found at www.usdoj.gov/psc by clicking on the “resources” tab.

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