A Kent man was arraigned in Putnam County last Tuesday on 40 felony counts of promoting and possessing child pornography.
Christian Cote, 26, was arrested on April 9, as part of a child pornography sting. It was part of a region-wide Homeland Security operation. Cote was one of two men arrested in the sting.
Cote was indicted based on dozens of alleged pornographic and abusive videos and images of children that were found on his home computer, according to a statement released by Putnam County District Attorney’s Office.
Some of the children in these videos are believed to be as young as six years old.
He is charged with 10 counts of promoting a sexual performance by a child and 30 counts of possessing a sexual performance by a child.
“Just because someone is sitting behind a computer doesn’t mean they’re anonymous, and it doesn’t leave their crime without a victim,” District Attorney Adam Levy said in a statement.
The operation began April 4 and ran until May 15, according to the statement. Homeland Security agents and law enforcement partners infiltrated peer-to-peer file sharing networks to identify users who tried to obtain or distribute images and videos of children engaged in sexually explicit activities.
Cote faces two to seven years in prison for each count of promoting and one to four years for each count of possessing child pornography.
He has been released on bail with electronic monitoring.