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Walter Read Sentenced to 37 Months in Prison and Five Years of Supervised Release for Possession of Child Pornography

February 29, 2012

Burlington, VT – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Walter Read, 69, of East Dorset, Vermont, was sentenced on Monday to 37 months in prison, having pled guilty to one count of possessing child pornography. United States District Judge William K. Sessions, III, sitting in Burlington, also sentenced Read to five years of supervised release.

Court records indicate that Read possessed more than two hundred video and image files of child pornography on two different computers. Records also show that Read downloaded and shared child pornography files on the internet.

For his crime, Read faced a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, and up to a $250,000 fine. In sentencing Read, Judge Sessions cited the seriousness of the crime, including nature of his child pornography collection, which depicted rape and bondage of prepubescent girls.

The investigation was led by the by the Department of Homeland Security Investigations, with assistance from the South Burlington Police Department, and the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Assistant United States Attorney Christina Nolan prosecuted the case. Read was represented by Steven Barth, Esq., of Federal Public Defenders Office in Burlington, Vermont.

This prosecution was part of the U.S. Department of Justice's Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorney's Offices and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

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