HARTFORD, Conn. — The former executive director of the Lutz's Children Museum in Manchester has been charged with the alleged distribution of child pornography.
According to federal investigators, 56-year-old Robert Eckert, of Simsbury, was indicted earlier this month. On Thursday, during a virtual hearing, he pled not guilty.
The U.S. government alleged that Eckert used several online platforms to distribute images of child sexual abuse and to talk with others about the distribution of child pornography.
The government added Eckert used his phone, at his home, and at the museum to access the digital platforms.
If Eckert is convicted, he faces a mandatory minimum of five years in prison and a maximum of 20 years.
Eckert is scheduled to be in court on April 9.
To report cases of child exploitation, please visit www.cybertipline.com.
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