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CT lawyer convicted of possessing child sexual abuse images

A lawyer licensed in Connecticut and New York has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for viewing images and videos of child sexual abuse on the dark web, authorities said.

Christopher Bates Jr., 37, of Greenwich, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden in New Haven to 24 months in prison, followed by five years of probation, after pleading guilty on Feb. 7 to possession and accessing child pornography with the intent to view it, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

During an international law investigation, officials discovered that an IP address from Bates' home address was allegedly used to access the dark web and view images and videos depicting child sexual abuse, court documents show.

On November 30, 2022, Homeland Security Investigations agents interviewed Bates, who authorities said consented to a search of his electronic devices.

According to court documents, a forensic examination of one of his laptops found 1,222 images and two videos depicting the sexual abuse of children, including infants.

“As part of his sentence, Bates was ordered to pay $15,000 in restitution, pay $17,000 to the Child Pornography Victims Reserve Fund and pay an additional $5,100,” officials said.

Bates was arrested on December 13, 2022. He is currently free on $300,000 bail under electronic monitoring and is scheduled to report to jail on July 11.

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