Federal Criminal Complaint Charges North Smithfield Resident With Allegedly Possessing And Distributing Child Pornography
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Derek Felicio, 41, of North Smithfield, R.I., was ordered detained in federal custody on Thursday pending a detention hearing later today on charges of allegedly possessing and distributing child pornography, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Bruce M. Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in New England.
Felicio was arrested on Thursday following an investigation by HSI agents into Felicio’s alleged possession and distribution of child pornography.
According to information presented to the court, in March 2013, Felicio allegedly contacted an undercover HSI agent in Salt Lake City, UT, on a website which is purported to contain and share images of child pornography. During an exchange of emails, Felicio allegedly sent HSI agents 9 photographs depicting the lascivious display of prepubescent girls. Further investigation by HSI agents revealed that the images were allegedly sent from an IP address in North Smithfield, R.I.
In October 2013, Felicio provided oral and written consent to HSI agents in Rhode Island for the seizure and search of two computers at Felicio’s residence. A forensic examination of the computers conducted by the Rhode Island State Police Internet Crimes Against Children task force resulted in the identification of approximately 90,000 images and 555 videos depicting child pornography.
A criminal complaint is merely an allegation and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Distribution of child pornography is punishable by a statutory penalty of a minimum of 5 years and up to 20 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000. Possession of child pornography is punishable by a statutory penalty of up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lee H. Vilker.
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