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Matthew White Indicted on Child Pornography Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 5, 2012

Burlington, VT – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Matthew White, 32, of Washington, Vermont, was arraigned Thursday on charges of possession, and attempted possession, of child pornography. A federal grand jury sitting in Rutland handed down the two-count indictment of White. At the arraignment, the Hon. John M. Conroy, United States Magistrate Judge, ordered White detained pending trial, finding that he poses a danger to the community.

Court records indicate that White surreptitiously recorded a minor female in the bathroom of her home. Records further indicate that, prior to the recordings, White made inappropriate sexual advances toward the minor.

The indictment charging White with child pornography offenses is an accusation only; he is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted, White faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines on each count. The actual sentence, in the event of conviction, will be determined by the Court with reference to the advisory Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

The investigation was led by the Vermont State Police, with assistance from the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Assistant United States Attorney Christina Nolan is handling the prosecution. White is represented by the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Burlington, Vermont.

This prosecution is part of the U.S. Department of Justice's Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from 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 
www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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