Repeat Offender Sentenced to More Than 10 Years in Federal Prison for Possessing Child Sex Abuse Images

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Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ROBERT J. MOSLEY, 55, formerly of Bridgeport, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Kari A. Dooley in Bridgeport to 121 months of imprisonment for possessing and distributing numerous images depicting the sexual abuse of children.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in 2016, Mosley was convicted in Connecticut Superior Court of possession of child pornography in the second degree.  He was sentenced for that offense to 10 years in jail, execution suspended after six years, and 20 years of probation.  Mosley was released on parole in November 2018.

On January 28, 2020, Connecticut parole officers and Connecticut state troopers conducted a home visit at Mosley’s residence.  During the visit, Mosley was found in possession of an unapproved smart phone, and an approved mobile phone that contained suspected child pornography.  Investigators seized both phones and Mosley was remanded to custody.  Subsequent analysis of the seized phones and a cloud storage account maintained by Mosley revealed thousands of images and hundreds of video depicting the sexual abuse of children, primarily boys between the ages of 2 and 14.  In addition, analysis of Mosley’s e-mail account revealed that he sent numerous e-mails soliciting child pornography, sent images of child pornography to others, and sent links to his cloud storage account.

Mosley has been detained since January 28, 2020.  On September 22, 2021, he pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography.

The penalties in this case were enhanced based on Mosley’s criminal history.

This matter was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Connecticut State Police, with the assistance of the Connecticut Department of Correction Division of Parole and Community Services.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathaniel J. Gentile.

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.