Southington man allegedly downloaded child porn with girl who appeared as young as 2: court documents

Published on Tuesday, 4 May 2021 13:33
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

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SOUTHINGTON -- A Southington man faces felony charges after state police in 2019 allegedly caught him downloading child pornography involving a child who appeared as young as 2 years old.

David Phaneuf, 58, of 12 Vermont Ave., has been charged with first-degree possession of a child pornography and promoting a minor in an obscene performance.

According to the arrest warrant, state police in October 2019 were searching online peer to peer networks and found that a user had downloaded 22 images and 10 video files of suspected child pornography.

One of the videos showed a child who appeared between 2 and 5 years old performing oral sex on a man, the warrant said. Two other videos showed girls who appeared between the ages of 7 and 11 engaging in sexual acts with men, state police wrote.

According to the warrant, state police were able to tie the IP address of the user who downloaded the videos to Phaneuf.

State police and officers from Southington searched Phaneuf’s apartment in December 2019 and, during the search, he agreed to speak with police. According to the warrant, he told an investigator that he is into “perverted things online,” though he denied ever selling or recording any child pornography.

State police also wrote in the warrant that Phaneuf said he did not know it was illegal to possess child pornography. He also, state police wrote, said he had not been viewing child porn for very long and was not sure why he started in the first place.

Investigators during the search of Phaneuf’s apartment seized a number of electronics, later finding a total of 69 video files and 121 images of suspected child pornography, the warrant said.

Phaneuf was not arrested until March of this year. He was scheduled to appear before a judge in New Britain Superior Court during a remote hearing on Monday.

According to judicial records, Phaneuf did not enter a plea during the hearing. He is being held on $250,000 bond and is due back in court next Tuesday.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Tuesday, 4 May 2021 13:33. Updated: Tuesday, 4 May 2021 13:36.