BOSTON STRONG news – US DOJ Mass reports 7.19.2019 –

BOSTON – A Southampton man was sentenced in federal court in Springfield today for child pornography offenses. 

Bruce Singer, 72, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni to eight years in prison and 15 years of supervised release. In April 2019, Singer pleaded guilty to five counts of distribution of child pornography, one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. Singer was indicted in March 2017 and was released on conditions.

On various occasions between April 30, 2013, and June 25, 2015, Singer sent and received child pornography by text and email. When police searched his home in 2015, Singer possessed hundreds of images of child pornography on various electronic devices, including images of several known child victims. Singer exchanged child pornography with others, including James J. Smith, who was convicted in federal court in Springfield of distributing, transporting, receiving, and possessing child pornography. In September 2017, Smith was sentenced to 138 months in federal prison.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Northampton Police Chief Jody Kasper; and Easthampton Police Chief Robert Alberti made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex J. Grant of Lelling’s Springfield Branch Office and Trial Attorney Leslie Williams Fisher of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section are prosecuting the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the DOJ’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.