Former East Hartford Officer Sentenced to Prison in Child Pornography Case

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    A former East Hartford police officer has been sentenced to two years in federal prison after he was found with child pornography DVDs in 2012, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

    Andrew Nielsen, 50, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography in March. He was sentenced Wednesday to 24 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

    Nielsen purchased DVDs containing child pornography from a foreign company between November 2010 and April 2011 and had them shipped to his home in South Windsor, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

    He was arrested in November 2012 after federal authorities searched his home and found the DVDs, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

    He resigned from his position with the East Hartford Police Department following his arrest.