Upton Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Child Pornography Charge

 by Tom MarinoDecember 2, 2021

WORCESTER - An Upton man pleaded guilty in federal court in Worcester to possessing child pornography.

Matthew Stefanelli, 32, of Upton, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography on Wednesday, December 1. The judge scheduled sentencing for March 18, 2022. Law enforcement took Stefanelli into custody and filed charges on July 14.

A CyberTip report identified Stefanelli as the owner of an account used to store child pornography in December 2000. A search of Stefanelli’s home on January 6 resulted in the discovery of 33 image files depicting child pornography in his phone, including the child identified in the CyberTip report.

CyberTip is an online reporting program maintained by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

The charge of possession of child pornography provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, and a fine of $250,000.

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