A Framingham man will serve over 5 years in prison after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography and five counts of threatening to injure the reputation of another, according to US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz's office.
Joshua M. Pizette, 23, was sentenced in Boston federal court last week to 65 months in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release, according to the US Attorney's office.
According to the US Attorney's office, Pizette attempted to blackmail a young Massachusetts woman to provide him with nude photographs. Pizette, who knew the young woman and her family, anonymously contacted her by email and threatened to place embarrassing information about her on the Internet if she did not send him nude photos.
The young woman and her family contacted the police and an investigation revealed that Pizette had made the threats. Upon Pizette’s arrest, his computer was seized and a collection of photographs and videos of child pornography were found. None of the images appear to have been taken or made by Pizette, according to the US Attorney's office.
The announcement was made by a collaboration between Bruce M. Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; Chief Richard A. Flannery of the Hopkinton Police Department; the Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council’s Computer Crimes Unit; and Ortiz.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney David G. Tobin of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit.
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