Federal Child Pornography Charges Against Vt. Teacher Are Dropped; No Evidence He Knew Images Were on Computer

September 1, 2012

The Republic on September 1, 2012 released the following:

“THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Federal child pornography charges against a former Vermont elementary school teacher have been dismissed, but his lawyer lamented that the man had already lost his job and reputation.

John Dockum, 34, had pleaded not guilty in February to state charges on five felony counts of possession of child pornography. The state dismissed its charges, allowing federal prosecutors to review the case. He was never formally indicted, and federal prosecutors filed a motion Friday to dismiss their case, according to the Bennington Banner (http://bit.ly/N5h5Es).

    A police deposition showed there’s no evidence Dockum knew he had child pornography images on his computer, which is a necessary component of criminal possession, said Dockum’s attorney, David Silver of Bennington.

He said Dockum had visited a website that placed the 17 images that led to the charges into his computer’s temporary Internet cache.

The Bennington School District fired Dockum in February. He had taught at Monument Elementary School since 2009.

Silver called the case “a tragedy,” adding that his client was a popular teacher and has lost his job and reputation.

“I don’t know how he gets that back,” he said.”

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Connecticut Pediatrician Todd Parrilla Charged in a Federal Criminal Complaint with Alleged Possession, Receipt, and Distribution of Child Pornography

August 24, 2011

The Federal Bureau of Investigation on August 23, 2011 released the following:

“Southeastern Connecticut Pediatrician Arrested on Federal Child Pornography Charge

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 TODD PARRILLA, 47, of Pellegrino Road, Stonington, was arrested today by members of the Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force and charged in a federal criminal complaint with possession, receipt, and distribution of child pornography.

According to allegations contained in court documents and statements made in court, on July 8, 2011, a law enforcement officer in Kansas City, Missouri, acting in an undercover capacity, logged into a publicly available Internet file-sharing program and downloaded 104 images of child pornography from a shared directory maintained by PARRILLA.

PARRILLA is currently employed as a pediatrician in Pawcatuck, Connecticut.

PARRILLA was arrested this morning following the execution of a search and seizure warrant at his residence. Seized during the execution of the warrant were several computer-related components, including three detachable hard drives. Investigators also seized a bag containing more than one hundred printed images of what appears to be child pornography from a closet in PARRILLA’s bedroom.

PARRILLA appeared this afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge Thomas P. Smith in Hartford and has been ordered detained pending a detention hearing that is scheduled for Friday, August 26 at 10:00 a.m.

If convicted of the charge of possession, receipt, and distribution of child pornography, PARRILLA faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years, and a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years and a fine of up to $250,000.

U.S. Attorney Fein 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 the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force, which includes federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The Stonington Police Department is assisting the investigation.

The Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force is housed in the main FBI office in New Haven, Connecticut. 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 Assistant United States Attorneys Deborah R. Slater and Paul H. McConnell 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 http://www.projectsafechildhood.gov.”

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