U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
February 15, 2011
PAWTUCKET MAN ARRESTED FOR 2ND TIME IN FIVE MONTHS
FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Pawtucket man, who was among 20 people arrested and charged in August 2010 in a statewide crackdown targeting individuals who allegedly downloaded and possessed child pornography, was arrested for the 2nd time in five months Tuesday for allegedly possessing child pornography. Robert MacGregor, 48, was arrested Tuesday morning after agents executed a federal search warrant at his home and, according to court documents, discovered 13 DVDs containing images of child pornography.
MacGregor was among 20 people arrested on child pornography charges in August 2010 following an investigation by the Rhode Island State Police Computer Crimes Unit/Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (RI ICAC). MacGregor was indicted by a federal grand jury in December 2010 on charges of receiving, possessing and distributing child pornography. He was free on $10,000 bond at the time of his arrest Tuesday. He was ordered detained following his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Providence by U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Lincoln D. Almond on the most recent charges.
MacGregor’s arrest and initial appearance was announced by U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha; Colonel Brendan P. Doherty, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police; and Bruce M. Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of ICE's Homeland Security Investigations in Boston.
The matter is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Rogers.
The Rhode Island State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is a Department of Justice grant-funded program administered by the Rhode Island State Police Computer Crimes Unit, comprised of five State Police detectives, detectives from the Providence Police Department, West Warwick Police Department, Coventry Police Department, and an agent from Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE). The objective of the RI ICAC is to form strong working relationships between local, state and federal law enforcement in order to effectively and efficiently prevent, detect, investigate, and prosecute online child exploitation and child pornography crimes.
A complaint is merely an allegation and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.