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St. Johnsbury Man Sentenced for Possessing Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 1, 2013

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Volker Reuss, 68, of St. Johnsbury, Vermont, was sentenced in United States District Court in Rutland, Vermont on March 28, 2013, to serve 25 months incarceration and a five (5) year term of supervised release following his conviction on one count of possession of child pornography. Chief United States District Judge Christina Reiss also ordered Reuss to pay a $100 special assessment.

According to court records, the St. Johnsbury Police Department received a report that Reuss had sent an image of child pornography to a minor in St. Johnsbury. The reporting party also said that it had seen child pornography on Reuss’ computer when in his home. The police conducted further investigation and obtained a search warrant for Reuss’ residence. A forensic examination of his computer revealed the presence of 183 images and one video of child pornography.

Assistant United States Attorney Barbara Masterson represented the United States. The defendant was represented by Bradley Stetler of Stetler, Allen & Kampmann.

U.S. Attorney Coffin commended the efforts of the St. Johnsbury Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in the investigation and prosecution of Reuss.

U.S. Attorney Coffin noted that this prosecution is 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 Forces, 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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