Month: April 2018

Norwalk News: Child Porn Arrest

In November 2017 the Special Victims Unit (SVU) was contacted by the Department of Homeland Security regarding a referral from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The RCMP advised that a complaint had been made to their agency alleging inappropriate internet communication between a thirteen-year-old Canadian female and an adult male who they determined to have resided in Norwalk, CT. Norwalk Detective Jim Thompson then assumed the investigation.

 

On January 23, 2018, a search and seizure warrant was executed on the residence at 11 Suncrest Road in Norwalk. A number of internet-capable devices were seized from the residence during that operation. An analysis of those devices by Norwalk Sergeant Nate Paulino confirmed that the communication with the thirteen-year-old female from Canada had occurred, and also revealed additional internet communications with a twelve-year-old female from Florida. As a result, two arrest warrants were obtained for Eddie Zapata. Zapata turned himself into Norwalk Police on April 25, 2018. Arrested: Eddie Zapata, date of birth 7/7/1995 of 11 Suncrest Road Norwalk Charges: Warrant 1- Enticing a Minor by Computer and Risk of Injury/Impairing Morals Of a Child Warrant 2- Risk of Injury/Impairing Morals of a Child, Importing Child Pornography, Possession of Child Pornography 3 Bond: $200,000 (Norwalk Police Press Release)

 

Bridgeport News: New Reentry Director

Bridgeport, CT – Mayor Joe Ganim has appointed Eric Christmas as the new Director of the Mayor’s Initiative for Reentry Affairs (MIRA) for the City of Bridgeport. Christmas brings extensive knowledge in reentry efforts and services, as reentry coordinator at the Jay Brothers’ Unified Resource Center in Recovery Network of Programs. He also has experience in behavioral health having worked for St. Vincent’s Behavioral Health Services and mentoring at-risk youth for the Department for Children and Families.

“Eric will be a valuable addition to our administration and the MIRA program,” said Mayor Ganim. “We know this program will be in great hands because of Eric’s experience and commitment to second chance individuals and opportunities. He has worked in the Bridgeport community, building relationships with employers and champions of the cause. He holds a comprehensive understanding of this initiative that makes him exactly what the MIRA program and returning citizens need.”

Director of MIRA Eric Christmas said, “I have dedicated many years ensuring others get a fair second chance, and it is my hope I will encourage more employers to open their doors for returning citizens and provide an array of career fields to meet our clients’ skills and needs. The MIRA program is working to reduce recidivism rates to show positive outcomes that prove a second chance is possible. I thank both Mayor Ganim and the City of Bridgeport for this opportunity, and I look forward to getting started.”