Bail officials tried to remove internet monitoring of two suspects in child pornography cases

STAMFORD — After Stamford court officials said they wouldn’t enforce a condition of release for two defendants accused of possessing child sexual abuse imagery, a Superior Court judge needed to reaffirm the need for internet surveillance.

Moses Trujillo, 19, of Wilton, and Thomas Finn, 55, of Norwalk, were both released from custody after their arrests on child pornography charges earlier this year on the condition that Stamford Superior Court’s probation officers be allowed to monitor their internet use, among other conditions.

But earlier this week, Stamford Superior Court’s Bail Services, a department charged with overseeing pretrial supervision services, informed a judge that they would no longer enforce that condition of release without a direct order from the court — even though the state and both defendants’ attorneys agreed to the condition at the time it was imposed.

As a result, two last-minute hearings were scheduled for Wednesday to discuss whether bail services would continue to monitor the defendants’ use of the internet.

“I was not given a fair reason as to why they had made this decision; there were only vague allusions to constitutional issues,” Assistant State’s Attorney Daniel Cummings during the hearing for Trujillo. “I’m honestly astounded that bail went about this situation the way they did. These conditions are imposed to protect the public, to ensure the defendant is complying with the criminal law, given the nature of these conditions.”

Cummings said bail officials called for Wednesday’s hearing without alerting the State’s Attorney’s Office that they would be asking to remove the condition.

By not conferring with the State’s Attorneys’ Office and going directly to the court to try to remove the condition, Cummings said Bail Services created a “significant risk to public safety.”


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