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Cumberland Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Possessing Child Pornography

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

PROVIDENCE – A Cumberland man who accessed and downloaded images and videos of child pornography, including images of prepubescent children, was sentenced today to nearly three years in federal prison, announced United States Attorney Zachary A. Cunha.

In January 2022, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children provided Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) with information that they obtained from a Canadian-based online messaging and chat service that, on multiple dates, an IP address and email, later determined by law enforcement to belong to Patrick K. Newton, 27, was used on multiple dates to access and view child pornography.

On March 30, 2022, HSI agents and members of the Rhode Island State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force executed a court-authorized search of Newton’s residence and found that electronic media storage devices possessed by Newton contained videos and images of child pornography.

Newton pleaded guilty on October 17, 2022, to a charge of possession of child pornography. He was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge Mary S. McElroy to thirty-three months in federal prison to be followed by five years of federal supervised release.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul F. Daly, Jr. 



Jim Martin
(401) 709-5357

Updated March 1, 2023

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