Boston, MA (June 30, 2022) – The Department of Justice confirmed that 51-year-old Paul Weddington was sentenced to a total of 12 years in prison and five years of supervised release after being convicted of a child pornography offense.
Reports provided by authorities show that in November 2020, Nichole Cyr was arrested for child exploitation offenses after material surrounding child sexual abuse, including videos and images, were located on her cell phone. Upon further analysis of Cyr’s phone, authorities discovered conversations that she had with Weddington. The conversations depicted the sexual materials of two children, ages two and seven, being exchanged between the two parties.
As a result of the investigation, authorities seized Weddington’s phone and conducted a search of his residence in February 2021. On Weddington’s cell phone, authorities located several screenshots of an apparent video chat that he had with Cyr in which the sexual act’s material involving the two-year-old child was displayed.
Weddington was taken into custody and subsequently pled guilty to one count of receipt of child pornography.
On June 28, Weddington was sentenced to 12 years in prison and five years of supervised release.
The remaining defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. At this time, investigations are ongoing.
Child Pornography Victims
The expansion of the Internet and the advanced digital technology that we are seeing lies parallel to the explosion of the market of child pornography. These images are readily available through nearly every Internet technology. People make use of gaming devices, mobile apps, file-sharing sites, photo-sharing sites, and even social media websites to exchange videos and images of children being sexually abused.
Unfortunately, victims who are subjected to this type of sexual abuse often endure lifelong consequences. Child pornography is a type of child sexual exploitation. Each individual image and video graphically memorializes the abuse that the child was forced to endure. Unfortunately, victims of child pornography not only suffer from the sexual abuse that is inflicted upon them, but they also suffer knowing that their images are being traded and viewed by people across the world. The permanent record of their sexual abuse can result in great humiliation for victims.
When children are subjected to this type of sexual abuse, it is important that they understand that they may have legal options available to help them move forward. Victims should reach out to a sexual abuse lawyer in Boston as soon as possible. Those who have been affected by child pornography and other forms of sexual abuse may have legal options available to secure the financial compensation that they can use to cover the damages they face moving forward.
Attorney Carmen Durso at the Law Office of Carmen L. Durso has decades of experience fighting to protect the legal rights of victims of sexual abuse in Boston and across the entire state of Massachusetts. Our team can help you hold your abuser to account. We will fight to get you justice.
Contact our Massachusetts sexual abuse law firm by calling 617-728-9123 at your earliest convenience. We can schedule a free consultation to discuss your case and the legal options available for you.
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