Rhode Island State Police Child Pornography Arrests

As reported by W. Zachary Malinowski in the April 12, 2012 edition of the Providence Journal, the Rhode Island State Police arrested ten (10) people for possession and transfer of child pornography. All suspects were men and range in age from eighteen (18) to seventy-one (71) years old. There is one juvenile who was arrested, his age is unknown. An eleventh person was also arrested for possession of a controlled substance, mushrooms. This man was arrested when police came to arrest his roommate for child pornography.

Pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws 11-9-1.3, it is a violation of this section for any person to:

(1) Knowingly produce any child pornography;

(2) Knowingly mail, transport, deliver or transfer by any means, including by computer, any child pornography;

(3) Knowingly reproduce any child pornography by any means, including the computer; or

(4) Knowingly possess any book, magazine, periodical, film, videotape, computer disk, computer file or any other material that contains an image of child pornography.

The penalties for mere possession of child pornography include a fine of not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000), or imprisoned not more than five (5) years, or both. Transferring child pornography is punished more severely. The penalties include a fine of not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000), or imprisoned for not more than fifteen (15) years, or both.

If you or a family member has been charged with possession of child pornography, drug possession or other sex crimes, please allow Attorney Robert H. Humphrey's reputation, experience and skill to successfully guide you through the legal process. Please contact Attorney Robert H. Humphrey, Esq., at 401-816-5862 or e-mail him at

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