The Connecticut State Police joined the National Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force for “Operation Broken Heart 2” to target child predators. A Milford man was charged with possessing and sharing child pornography during that investigation.
Operation Broken Heart 2 is a two-month long investigative effort of the 61 coordinated task forces across the United States – including the Connecticut State Police Computer Crimes Unit and affiliate agencies– representing more than 3,300 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, law enforcement officials said.
The investigation led to five arrests so far, including the arrest of Paolo Sassano, 57, of Wheelers Farms Road. Sassano was charged with promoting a minor in obscene performance and illegal possession of child pornography.
According to a police report, last October the Connecticut State Police Computer Crimes Unit began investigating the sharing of child pornography over the Internet. An investigation traced the Internet activity to a house at 903 Wheelers Farms Road, the report states.
In December, the Computer Crimes Unit and the Milford Police Department executed a search warrant at the home, and Sassano was developed as a suspect.
“Several items of evidentiary value were seized from the residence,” the report states. “Troopers conducted a preview of the seized items and located files of suspected child pornography.”
Sassano turned himself into state police in Bethany on May 18. He was held on a court set bond of $150,000 and taken to Milford Superior Court for arraignment.
Law enforcement officials said the goal of this concentrated effort is to arrest as many offenders as possible who: (1) possess, manufacture and distribute child pornography; (2) engage in online enticement of children for sexual purposes; (3) engage in the commercial sexual exploitation of children  (4) engage in child sex tourism (traveling abroad for the purpose of sexually abusing foreign children) and (5) community education.
“Targeting child predators is a priority for the State Police Computer Crimes Unit,” said Sgt. Kevin Albanese, commanding officer of the unit. “Detectives involved in child predator cases are meticulous in their investigations, which often take many months to conclude. Arresting even just one predator can make a world of difference in the lives of children.”