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Man Sentenced For Child Exploitation Offense

U.S. Federal Court in Hartford.
U.S. Federal Court in Hartford. Photo Credit: File

A 79-year-old Connecticut man is going to spend some time behind bars for attempting to solicit sexual activity from teenage girls on Facebook.

Waterbury resident Harry Bright - also known as “Buddy Bright” has been sentenced to three months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release after pleading guilty in federal court to one count of distribution of obscene matter to a minor.

The first two months of Bright’s supervised release will be served in home confinement.

In November last year, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) contacted Homeland Security Investigations to report that they had been notified by that Bright was attempting to entice a 15-year-old girl through Facebook instant messaging. During those conversations, he encouraged his victim to engage in sexual activity, and was planning on traveling to the Philippines on Dec. 4, last year, to meet the minor.

The investigation determined that Bright started communicating with the minor victim in late August last year, sent her sexually explicit messages and requested that she send him nude photographs of herself.

In September last year, Bright sent the minor victim nude pictures of himself.

It was later determined that Bright had engaged in sexually explicit conversations with at least two other 15-year-old females in the Philippines through Facebook, and that he sent one of those minor victims a nude picture of himself.

Bright was arrested on the federal charges on Dec. 4.

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