BOSTON — A Brockton man has been sentenced to over six years in prison in federal court in Boston for possession of child pornography.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling’s Office says 52-year-old Alex Levin was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young to 78 months in prison, five years of supervised release, and restitution to be determined at a later time. In May 2019, Levin was convicted following a four-day jury trial of one count of possession of child pornography.

In August 2015, a search warrant was executed at Levin’s Norwood residence following a nation-wide investigation into the use of the Dark Web for the trade of child pornography. As a result of the search, videos and images depicting the rape and abuse of young children were found on Levin’s computer.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division, made the announcement today. Valuable assistance was provided by the Boston Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Anne Paruti, Lelling’s Project Safe Childhood Coordinator and a member of the Major Crimes Unit, prosecuted the case.

The case is brought as part of Project Safe Childhood.  In 2006, the Department of Justice created Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the DOJ’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims.

For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit .projectsafechildhood.gov/.