A Fall River woman was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury on child sexual exploitation charges, the U.S. Department of Justice announced today.

Nichole Cyr, 25, was indicted on two counts of sexual exploitation of children.

Cyr allegedly produced child pornography involving two minors on various dates between November of 2019 and July of 2020.  She is currently in state custody and will make an initial appearance in federal court in Boston at a later date, the announcement said. No further information was provided.

The charging statute provides for a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years and up to 30 years in prison, five years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000.

U.S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling acknowledged David Magdycz, Acting Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III; Fall River Police Chief John M. Souza; and New Bedford Police Chief Joseph C. Cordeiro.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Anne Paruti, Lelling’s Project Safe Childhood Coordinator and Deputy Chief of the Major Crimes Unit, is prosecuting the case.

The case is brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, Lelling's office said.  In 2006, the DOJ created the nationwide initiative to protect children from exploitation and abuse. 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.

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