Portsmouth man arrested in child porn sweep

Rhode Island State Police 2

PORTSMOUTH — A local man was among nine people arrested today on child pornography charges in a statewide sweep by Rhode Island State Police.

Rhode Island State Police 2Nolan Ross, 20, of 53 Seacrest Drive, was charged with possession of child pornography and transfer of child pornography, according to State Police.

He was arraigned in Fourth Division District Court, where bail was set at $10,000 personal recognizance. He was also ordered to have no contact with minors and/or their respective victims, and no access to the internet, said police.

A person found guilty of possession of child pornography or transfer of child pornography may be imprisoned up to five years and subject to a maximum fine of five thousand dollars.

Col. Steven G. O’Donnell, superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and commissioner of public safety, said the arrests were made by members of the Computer Crimes Unit and Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, assisted by members of the U.S. Marshals Sex Offender Law Enforcement Multidisciplinary Network (SOLEMN) and the U.S. Secret Service. ICAC Task Force members engage in undercover investigative operations to identify subjects using the internet to exploit children.

This morning, members of the Rhode Island ICAC Task Force, as well as local and federal law enforcement partners, executed 11 court-authorized search warrants at residences throughout the state associated with ongoing undercover investigations, police said.

As a result, assorted digital media was seized which contained evidence related to victimization of children and technology-facilitated crimes.

The investigation identified the alleged owners of digital media containing pornographic images and videos of children, police said.

The others arrested, all men ranging in age from 20 to 60, are from Cranston, Warwick, Providence, Woonsocket, West Warwick.

The Rhode Island ICAC Task Force is comprised of members of the Rhode Island State Police Computer Crimes Unit along with detectives from local police departments in Portsmouth, Bristol, Coventry, Warwick, Pawtucket, Woonsocket, North Kingstown, Jamestown, and special agents from Homeland Security Investigations and U.S. Postal Inspection Services.

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