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Brattleboro Man Sentenced For Possession Of Child Exploitation

June 3, 2013

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Robert Chase, 51, of Brattleboro, Vermont, was sentenced in United States District Court in Rutland, Vermont on May 30, 2013, to serve 68 months incarceration and a 10-year period of supervised release following his conviction on one count of possession of child pornography. Chief United States District Judge Christina Reiss also ordered Chase to pay a $100 special assessment.

According to court records, the Brattleboro Police Department received a report that Chase had sexually assaulted a four-year old girl. Through that investigation, the police learned that he had earlier sexually assaulted another child, of whom he took pornographic pictures. Law enforcement obtained a warrant to search Chase’s computer and digital media and through that search discovered approximately 76 still images and 17 videos which depicted child pornography. Some of the images depicted sadistic and masochistic conduct toward children and were of minors under the age of 12.

Assistant United States Attorney Barbara Masterson represented the United States. The defendant was represented by Assistant Federal Defender Steven Barth.

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

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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