Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Matthew B. Millhollin, Special Agent in Charge, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Boston, announced that KYLE FASOLD, 52, of Plainville, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to child exploitation offenses.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on March 6, 2020, after an investigation revealed that Fasold had uploaded images of child pornography to the dark web, HSI special agents, with the assistance of the Plainville Police Department and Connecticut State Police, executed a court-authorized search of Fasold’s residence and seized numerous electronic devices. Analysis of the seized devices revealed that between June 2017 and February 2020, Fasold surreptitiously recorded at least 29 minors, as well as several adults, by placing video-recording devices in locations where he knew minors would likely be partially or fully naked, including bathrooms in his residence, the girl’s locker room in Plainville High School, and the bathroom adjacent to the coach’s office in Plainville High School. Fasold edited the videos to produce approximately 391 images depicting lascivious exhibition of the victims’ genitals or pubic area, and uploaded numerous images to the dark web.
At time of the offense, Fasold was a parent volunteer for a youth recreational swim program in Plainville.
Fasold pleaded guilty to one count of production of child pornography, an offense that carries a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 15 years and a maximum term of imprisonment of 30 years, and one count of distribution of child pornography, an offense that carries a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years and a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.
Judge Shea scheduled sentencing for December 22.
Fasold has been detained since his arrest on March 6, 2020.
This investigation has been conducted by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Plainville Police Department and the Connecticut State Police. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nancy V. 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.