Barrington man sentenced on child porn charges

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On Wednesday, Aug. 29, Paul N. Hutchinson, 29, a United Kingdom residing in Barrington, was sentenced to serve 60 months in federal prison and will face possible deportation for allegedly downloading from the Internet and storing approximately 5,800 images and 144 videos depicting child pornography.

At the sentencing, U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith also ordered Mr. Hutchinson to serve 10 years of supervised release following his prison term and to pay restitution in the amount  of $3,800 to one of the victims depicted in his collection of child pornography.

Mr. Hutchinson reportedly pleaded guilty on Jan. 18, to a two-count indictment charging him with possession and receipt of child pornography.

According to information presented to the court at the time of Mr. Hutchinson’s guilty plea, in Au. 2010, an investigator with the Rhode Island State Police Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force discovered that a computer with an IP address coming back to the defendant’s residence was sharing files recognized by law enforcement to be images or videos of child pornography.

Based in part on these observations, a court-authorized search of Mr. Hutchinson’s residence resulted in the seizure of his laptop computer and an external digital hard drive.

Forensic audits by agents from the ICAC Task Force and the Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section allegedly revealed approximately 5,800 images and 144 videos of child pornography.

Mr. Hutchinson, who had been released on bond, self-surrendered to the U.S. Marshals Service on Jan. 3, when his visa expired.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Terrence P. Donnelly and Mary Rogers; and trial attorney Darcy Katzin of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section in the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.

Project Safe Childhood uses federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit  children, and to identify and rescue victims.

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