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Grand Isle Man Sentenced for Multiple Child Exploitation Offenses

April 15, 2013

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Kyle Sausville, 24, of Grand Isle, Vermont, was sentenced in United States District Court in Rutland, Vermont on April 15, 2013, to serve 90 months incarceration and a lifetime period of supervised release following his conviction on one count of possession of child pornography, two counts of distribution of child pornography, and two counts of receipt of child pornography. Chief United States District Judge Christina Reiss also ordered Sausville to pay a $500 special assessment.

According to court records, law enforcement received a “cybertip” (a tip about illegal activities being conducted over the Internet) from Microsoft that the user of a specified email account was trading images of child pornography. Law enforcement concurrently received a cybertip from Facebook that one of its users was posting images of child pornography. After investigating the cybertips, law enforcement executed a search warrant at the residence of Kyle Sausville. During the search, thumb drives that contained images of child pornography were found hidden in a Sony Playstation console. A forensic examination of the digital media possessed by Sausville revealed that he possessed approximately1,946 images, and 1,399 videos, of child pornography, and that he actively traded child pornography with others over the Internet.

Assistant United States Attorney Barbara Masterson represented the United States. The defendant was represented by Assistant Federal Defender David McColgin.

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

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

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