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Former sailor, correction officer jailed for child porn and voyeurism

By Karen Florin

Publication: theday.com

Published November 13. 2013 5:00PM   Updated November 14. 2013 12:03AM

Editor's note: This version corrects the number of years Veroneau worked for the Department of Correction

A Navy veteran and career correction officer who had hundreds of images of child pornography in his Groton home was sentenced Wednesday in New London Superior Court to 15 months in prison, 10 years of strict probation and registry as a sex offender.

Mark Veroneau, 52, had pleaded guilty to two counts of voyeurism in addition to possession of child pornography. According to prosecutor Theresa Anne Ferryman, Veroneau had been videotaping and photographing family members in compromising positions.

Veroneau, who had been honorably discharged from the Navy, had worked for the Department of Correction for 18 years before Groton Town Police executed a search warrant at his home on Spyglass Circle in January and seized computers and other materials containing child pornography.

In arguing for a sentence reduction, defense attorney Matthew G. Berger said Veroneau had no previous criminal record, had received commendations from his employers and had made careful provisions for his dependent children while he is incarcerated. Veroneau has been deemed at low risk of becoming a predator and has taken responsibility for his crimes, Berger said. He resigned from the Department of Correction before he was vested for his pension and has extensive health problems, Berger said.

“I think at this point, the life he had is over,” Berger said.

Judge Susan B. Handy said Veroneau had not only viewed despicable images of child pornography but was also spying on family members “in various stages of undress.”

“I find that very disturbing,” Handy said. “You, sir, have sabotaged a stellar career. You’ve sabotaged your family.”

— Karen Florin

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