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Johnston Resident Sentenced To Federal Prison For Possession Of Child Pornography

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

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Nicholas Pislowski, 26, of Johnston, was sentenced on Friday to 18 months in federal prison for possessing more than 2,000 images of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Colonel Steven G. O’DonnellSuperintendent of the Rhode Island State Police.

At sentencing, U.S. District Court Chief Judge William E. Smith also ordered Pislowski to serve 5 years supervised release upon completion of his prison term. Pislowski pleaded guilty on May 8, 2014, to one count of possession of child pornography.

According to information presented to the court, in April 2012, members of the Rhode Island State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force executed a court authorized search warrant for computers at Pislowski’s residence. A forensic examination of a laptop seized from Pislowski’s home resulted in the discovery of more than 2,200 videos and images depicting minor children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard W. Rose.

The Rhode Island ICAC Task Force is comprised of members of the Rhode Island State Police Computer Crimes Unit along with detectives from the Coventry, Warwick, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Kingstown, Portsmouth, Bristol, South Kingstown and Woonsocket Police Departments, and special agents from Homeland Security Investigations and United States Postal Inspection Services.


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Updated June 22, 2015