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FEDERAL JUDGE SENTENCES FORMER ROCKLAND MAN FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY OFFENSES

WEDNESDAY, JULY 14, 2010

BOSTON, Mass. - An individual formerly of Rockland, Massachusetts, was sentenced to federal prison for transportation and possession of child pornography.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; Plymouth District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz; Massachusetts State Police Colonel Marian J. McGovern; Bruce M. Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph D. McDonald; Marshfield Police Chief William P. Sullivan; and Albemarle County Police Chief John F. Miller, Charlottesville, Virginia, announced today that DOUGLAS CARRUTHERS, 46, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns to 70 months in prison, followed by eight years of supervised release for child pornography offenses. CARRUTHERS is also required to register as a sex offender.

On March 22, 2010, Carruthers pleaded guilty to five counts of transportation of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. This case arose from an investigation by Swiss federal and local police of an individual in Switzerland who was sharing and trading child pornography over the Internet with individuals in the United States.

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. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

The case was investigated by the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office, the Plymouth County Sheriff's Department, Marshfield Police Department, ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations, and the Albemarle County Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David G. Tobin of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit and CEOS Trial Attorney Bonnie L. Kane of the Criminal Division.

 

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