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U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island

March 3, 2011

 

WESTERLY MAN SENTENCED TO 8 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR

DISTRIBUTION AND POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY


PROVIDENCE, RI -- David Chiaradio of Westerly, R.I., was sentenced today in federal court in Providence, R.I., to 97 months in prison and supervised releases for life following his release from prison for distribution and possession of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.  In addition, Chiaradio was ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution to two victims whose images appeared in the child pornography.

In November 2010, Chiaradio, 28, was found guilty of one count of distribution of child pornography and two counts of possession of child pornography after a two-day jury trial before U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi.  Evidence presented at trial established that in February 2006, Chiaradio, using Limewire, a peer-to-peer file sharing program, distributed three images of child pornography to an undercover FBI agent.  FBI agents continued their investigation of Chiaradio and obtained a search warrant that was executed at Chiaradio’s home in late August 2006.  During the search, agents seized a laptop and a desktop computer.  The computers and various hard drives were examined by a computer forensics expert from the FBI and more than 2,000 images and videos of child pornography were discovered.
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his case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Terrence P. Donnelly of the District of Rhode Island and Trial Attorney Andrew McCormack of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section.  The case was investigated by the FBI’s Providence Field Office with the assistance of FBI agents from the Innocent Images Task Force in Tulsa, Okla. 

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