Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Saeed Mustapha Moussa, 31, a citizen of Ghana last residing in East Hartford, waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Sarah A. L. Merriam in New Haven to a child exploitation offense related to his sexual assault of a minor.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in September 2020, East Hartford Police received a report that Moussa’s cell phone contained videos of Moussa engaging in sexual activity with a young child.
East Hartford Police subsequently conducted a court-authorized search of Moussa’s residence and seized Moussa’s cell phone, computer equipment, and computer storage media.
Investigators also executed a search warrant on Google for the contents of Moussa’s Google Photos account. The cell phone and Google Photos account contained videos, taken between 2018 and 2020, of Moussa sexually assaulting a girl who was born in 2012.
Moussa pleaded guilty to one count of production of child pornography, an offense that carries a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 15 years and maximum term of imprisonment of 30 years. Judge Merriam scheduled sentencing for February 7, 2022.
Moussa has been detained since his arrest on related state charges on October 27, 2020.
This matter has been investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the East Hartford Police Department and the West Chester Township (Ohio) Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nancy V. Gifford.
Acting U.S. Attorney Boyle thanked the Hartford State’s Attorney’s Office for its cooperation in the investigation and prosecution of this case.
This prosecution is part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood Initiative, which is aimed at protecting children from sexual abuse and exploitation.
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