Shelton man pleads guilty to child porn possession

February 19, 2019

MILFORD — A Shelton man will serve two years in prison after pleading guilty to child pornography and domestic violence charges.

Joseph Callahan, 30, pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree possession of child pornography and two counts of disorderly conduct before Judge Peter Brown.

Assistant State’s Attorney Amy Bepko said the charges stem from a state police investigation in which cops used peer-to-peer software to find users trading child pornography and connected to Callahan’s computer.

Police then obtained a search warrant after tracing the IP address to Callahan’s home on Shelton’s Trolley Bridge Road.

State police searched the home in May 2017.

Callahan admitted looking for child pornography on the Internet, Bepko said, and cops found more then 20 images of child pornography on devices owned by him.

While out on bond in the child pornography case, Bepko said, he was arrested after getting into a physical altercation with his mother and father while intoxicated last December and has been behind bars since.

Bepko said Callahan has documented psychological issues which contributed to prosecutors offering Callahan a plea deal in the case.

The deal calls for Callahan to receive an eight-year prison sentence to be suspended after two years, followed by 10 years of probation during which Callahan will be registered as a sex offender.

Callahan is scheduled to return to court for sentencing April 30.