BOSTON – A Fall River woman pleaded guilty to child sexual exploitation charges in federal court in Boston today.
Nichole Cyr, 27, has pleaded guilty to two counts of child sexual exploitation. US District Court Judge Leo T. Sorokin set the sentencing date for December 20, 2022. Cyr was indicted by a federal grand jury in November 2020.
“Today, Ms. Cyr admitted to some of the most outrageous behavior my office has observed. She has sexually bullied two children in her life – one of whom was a toddler – caught the abuse on camera and then shared the horrifying footage. Mrs. Cyr took advantage of these young, innocent children who were in her care. As a result, this predator is now a convicted felon facing a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison,” said United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins. “My office will continue to use every tool in our arsenal to investigate and prosecute those who exploit and sexualize our children.”
“The production of child sexual abuse material immortalizes the horrific act of sexually abusing a child through photos and videos and makes it even more difficult for survivors to heal from the trauma of the abuse. Today’s plea ensures Cyr faces a lengthy prison sentence for her actions,” said Matthew B. Millhollin, New England Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations. “Protecting children is one of our greatest and most solemn duties as a law enforcement agency. HSI will continue our mission to investigate predators like Cyr and bring them to justice before they can do any more damage.”
In July 2020, Cyr was arrested on child exploitation offenses after child sexual abuse material (CSAM), including images and videos, was found on her phones. Forensic analysis of Cyr’s phones revealed CSAM involving a two-year-old and seven-year-old victim, including videos and photos showing Cyr sexually abusing the two-year-old victim on separate days. Forensic analysis also revealed that Cyr had shared the CSAM with another individual. Subsequent investigation revealed that the Cyr produced the CSAMs of the two underage victims, whom she had babysat on multiple occasions.
The charges statute carries a minimum sentence of 15 years and up to 30 years in prison, five years supervised parole, and a $250,000 fine. Sentence Policies and laws governing sentencing in a criminal proceeding.
U.S. Attorney Rollins, HSI SAC Millhollin, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III, Fall River Police Commissioner Paul Gauvin and New Bedford Police Commissioner Paul Oliveira made the announcement today. Assistant US Attorney Anne Paruti, chief of Rollins’ Major Crimes Unit, is prosecuting the case.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched by the Justice Department in May 2006 to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the US Attorney’s offices and the DOJ’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Division, Project Safe Childhood provides federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute child exploiters and victims to identify and rescue. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, visit https://www.justice.gov/psc.