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Northfield Man, Robert Gray, Sentenced to 97 Months in Prison for Possession of Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 15, 2013

Burlington, VT – Tristram J. Coffin, the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont, stated that Robert Gray, 37, of Northfield, Vermont, was sentenced yesterday by United States District Court Judge William K. Sessions III to 97 months in jail to be followed by ten years of supervised release for possessing child pornography. The Court also ordered Gray to complete sex offender treatment.

According to court records, a search warrant was executed at Gray's home in Northfield, Vermont, on February 24, 2012 at which time two computers used by Gray were seized. A forensic examination of the computers revealed that Gray had installed peer-to-peer file sharing programs on the computers and was using that software to download child pornography and to share child pornography with third parties. Over 1,000 images and many videos containing child pornography were found on the computers.

Gray was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 1, 2012. He pled guilty to the Indictment on September 18, 2012. He has been incarcerated since his arrest on February 24, 2012.

"Robert Gray has already demonstrated that he poses a threat to the most vulnerable members of our communities, our children," said Bruce M. Foucart, special agent in charge of HSI Boston. Foucart oversees HSI throughout New England. "It's a horrifying fact that by trading child pornography on the Internet, offenders like Gray effectively sentence those depicted to a lifetime of victimization. Thanks to the hard work and determination of HSI special agents and prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Vermont, that threat has now been removed. HSI and our law enforcement partners in Vermont will continue to aggressively target child predators who are involved in any form of perpetuating these heinous crimes."

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations ("HSI") and the Northfield, Vermont Police Department. The United States Attorney, Tristram J. Coffin, commends those agencies for their work. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney, Nancy J. Creswell. Gray was represented by Attorney Douglas G. Kallen.

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