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Sutton Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON – A Sutton man has pleaded guilty in federal court in Worcester to possessing child sexual abuse material (CSAM). 

Oliver Smith, 47, pleaded guilty on March 1, 2023 to one count of possession of child pornography. U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni scheduled sentencing for Aug. 11, 2023. Smith was arrested and charged by criminal complaint in November 2020 and subsequently indicted by a federal grand jury in January 2021. 

In November 2020, after receiving information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Swedish law enforcement authorities, a search warrant was executed at Smith’s Sutton residence and several devices were seized. A forensic review of devices seized revealed images and videos depicting CSAM found on a memory card stored in Smith’s backpack. In addition to the images saved to the memory card, Smith had access to an email account which contained images of CSAM. Additionally, in July 2019, while Smith resided in Sweden, he had emailed CSAM from his email account to a separate account he also controlled. 

Members of the public who have questions, concerns or information regarding this case should call 617-748-3274.

The charge of possession of child pornography provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, a mandatory minimum of five years and up to life of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.

United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins; Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; Matthew B. Millhollin, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in New England; and Sutton Police Chief Dennis J. Towle made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristen Noto of Rollins’ Worcester Branch Office and William Clayman of the Justice Department’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section are prosecuting the case. 

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the DOJ’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

Updated March 3, 2023

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