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Norwich sex offender arraigned on child pornography charges

A convicted sex offender from Norwich told investigators he had downloaded child pornography onto his computer after learning about Internet pornography in prison.

Jaysen Timothy Puerta, 31, of 17 Taftville-Occum Road, pleaded not guilty in New London Superior court this morning to first-degree possession of child pornography, promoting a minor in an obscene performance and importing child pornography material.

Puerta was convicted of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl when he was 18 and living in Enfield, according to news reports. He served 18 months in prison for second-degree sexual assault and was on probation for 10 years. He is listed on the state’s sex offender registry.

He was one of six state residents arrested last month following a lengthy investigation by the state police Computer Crimes Unit. According to an arrest warrant affidavit, a detective searching for images and videos of child pornography on a file-sharing network called Gnutella noticed in October 2013 that more than 208 suspicious had been advertised for sharing on a computer whose IP address traced back to Puerta’s live-in girlfriend.

Confronted at his home, Puerta admitted he downloads child pornography as well as pirated copies of music and movies.

“Puerta stated that when he was in jail, he had heard you can download child pornography, but he didn’t believe it,” the affidavit says. Puerta said he tried it when he was released and liked the “wow factor” of downloading and viewing illegal content.

Puerta posted a $35,000 bond following his arrest and said during his court appearance today that he arranging to hire an attorney. Judge Hillary B. Strackbein continued the case to October 23, telling Puerta to appear that day with his lawyer.


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