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Georgia Man Sentenced for Distributing Child Pornography

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

PROVIDENCE – An Atlanta, GA, man who admitted to exchanging child pornography with individuals across the country, including sending images of child pornography to an undercover member of the Rhode Island States Police Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, was sentenced today to nine years in federal prison, announced Acting United States Attorney Richard B. Myrus.

According to court documents and information presented to the Court, in January 2019, during a series of online chatroom conversations with a Rhode Island State Police detective who was working in an undercover capacity, Joseph Grossman, 43, sent approximately 40 images of child pornography. Investigators determined that the IP address used to send the images was associated with Grossman.

On February 27, 2019, the Rhode Island State Police detective and a Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Providence agent, assisted by HSI agents in Atlanta, executed a court-authorized search of Grossman’s Atlanta residence, seized several electronic devices, and arrested Grossman. Investigators identified numerous people across the country with whom Grossman communicated and exchanged child pornography.

Grossman pleaded guilty in July 2019 to distribution of child pornography. He was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Chief Judge John J. McConnell, Jr., to 108 months of incarceration to be followed by 10 years of federal supervised release.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sandra R. Hebert.



Jim Martin
(401) 709-5357

Updated November 17, 2021

Project Safe Childhood
Press Release Number: 21-124