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Burlington Man Arrested and Arraigned for Transporting and Possessing Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 6, 2012

Burlington, VT – Tristram J. Coffin, the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont, stated that Chris Eric Duval, 46, of Burlington, Vermont, pleaded not guilty today in United States District Court to a two-count indictment charging him with (1) transporting, by computer, visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct and (2) possessing visual depictions, the production of which involved the use of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Duval was released on a variety of conditions including home detention and radio frequency monitoring. He was ordered to have no contact with children under the age of 18 years old.

If Duval is convicted, he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of up to twenty years in prison. The United States Attorney emphasizes that the charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he is proven guilty.

Tristram J. Coffin, the United States Attorney, commended the efforts of the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The defendant is represented by the Office of the Federal Public Defender. The prosecutor is Assistant United States Attorney, Nancy J. Creswell.

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