Police Use Dogs to Investigate Child Pornography

As reported by Katie Mulvaney in the July 5, 2014 edition of the Providence Journal, the Rhode Island State Police are utilizing new techniques to investigate child pornography. The State Police now have a dog which is trained to detect hard drives, thumb drives and other electronic equipment. The dog is trained to locate hidden devices. These devices often contain images and videos of child pornography. The dog has already helped police obtain an arrest warrant after locating a thumb drive hidden in a tin box which was hidden inside a cabinet.

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 if convicted of producing child pornography, delivering child pornography or reproducing child pornography include a fine of not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000), or imprisoned for not more than fifteen (15) years, or both. The penalties if convicted of possessing child pornography include a fine of not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000), or imprisoned not more than five (5) years, or both.

If you or a family member has been charged with possession of child pornography, producing child pornography 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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