ENOSBERG FALLS MAN SENTENCED FOR CHILD EXPLOITATION OFFENSE
The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated today that David Ritchie II, 23, of Enosburg Falls, Vermont, was sentenced on October 16, 2013, in United States District Court in Rutland, Vermont, to serve eight-months imprisonment following his guilty plea to one count of possession of child pornography. Chief United States District Judge Christina Reiss also ordered the defendant to serve a five-year term of supervised release and to pay a $100 special assessment.
United States Attorney Coffin commended the work of the Homeland Security Investigations, Department of Homeland Security, and the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Mr. Ritchie was represented by Assistant Federal Defender Steven L. Barth. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Barbara A. Masterson.
United States 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. Attorneys 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.