The U.S. Department of Justice, United States Attorney, District of ConnecticutPRESS RELEASE - June 26, 2008
CONTACT: Tom Carson: Public Information Office (203) 821-3722 (203) 996-1393 (cell)
Nora R. Dannehy, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced DARREN DEMPSEY, also known as Darren Seligman, 39, of Mansfield, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to 48 months of imprisonment, followed by 10 years of supervised release. On April 3, 2008, DEMPSEY waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty to one count of using an interstate facility to transmit information about a minor.
According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, DEMPSEY used the Internet to attempt to engage in sexual conduct with an 11-year-old girl. At the time, DEMPSEY was employed as an officer with the East Windsor Police Department. DEMPSEY has been incarcerated since his arrest by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on October 29, 2007. This case was investigated by the Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force, which includes federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, including the Avon Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Deborah R. Slater.
Acting United States Attorney Dannehy noted that this prosecution is part of the United States Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood Initiative, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov. To report cases of child exploitation, please visit www.cybertipline.com.