Monday, June 21, 2021

Springfield Man Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Offenses

 BOSTON – A Springfield man pleaded guilty in federal court in Springfield today to child pornography offenses.

Ross Lopata, 33, pleaded guilty today to four counts of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni scheduled sentencing for Nov. 12, 2021. Lopata was indicted in June 2020 and has been in custody since his arrest on June 11, 2020.

Lopata received and possessed child pornography on various dates between Dec. 17, 2018 and June 11, 2020 by downloading image and video files from the internet that depicted prepubescent children engaged in sex acts.

Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell and William S. Walker, Acting Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex J. Grant of Mendell’s Springfield Branch Office is prosecuting the case.

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