U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
May 27, 2010
WARWICK MAN HELD ON FEDERAL CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Warwick, R.I., man was ordered detained Wednesday following his arrest and arraignment in U.S. District Court on charges of receipt and distribution of child pornography; it was announced by U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha.
Stephen Corona, 46, was indicted May 19 by a federal grand jury on two counts of receiving and distribution of child pornography. Corona entered a plea of not guilty at his arraignment and was ordered detained by Magistrate Judge Lincoln D. Almond.
Corona became the target of an investigation by the R.I. Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) when an undercover detective in Florida downloaded more than 100 images from Corona over a Peer to Peer (P2P) file sharing program. The defendant was initially arrested at his home on April 16 by law enforcement agents from ICE and the RI State Police. He was actively trading child pornography and chatting online when law enforcement agents entered his residence.
A search of Corona’s residence turned up thousands of image files and hundreds of video files which have been turned over to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) for an analysis of identified and non-identified victims.
An indictment is merely an allegation and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
The matter was investigated by the R.I. Internet Crimes against Children (ICAC) Task Force. ICAC is directed by the R.I. State Police Computer Crimes Unit which also includes a representative from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); and police departments from Providence, Coventry, Warwick and West Warwick.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Rogers.