DOJ: Shelton man to serve 5 years for possessing child porn

June 8, 2018 GMT

SHELTON — A Shelton man will serve five years in federal prison for downloading child pornography from the dark web, the Department of Justice announced Friday.

Michael Hull, 61, was sentenced Friday to serve 60 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release. The sentence stems from Hull’s guilty plea on Jan. 30 to one count of receipt of child pornography.

A Homeland Security Investigations operation showed that Hull accessed the dark web to search for, view and download child pornography, the DOJ said.

On May 31, 2017, HSI agents and Shelton police conducted a court-authorized search of Hull’s residence.


Officers seized 16 electronic devices, including computers and external hard drives. Forensic analysis of the devices revealed 13 images and 126 videos of child pornography, the DOJ said. Among those, there were many images and videos of children younger than 12 engaged in sexually explicit conduct, the agency said.

Two encrypted tablets and an encrypted hard drive were unable to be searched.

The investigation also revealed that Hull had a video camera install in his bathroom that captured images of individuals, including children, who used his bathroom, the DOJ said.

Hull has been detained since his arrest last May 31.

As part of Hull’s sentence, the judge ordered him to pay $5,000 to fund victim services — pursuant to the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015.