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District of Rhode Island

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Friday, January 16, 2015

No. Smithfield Resident Sentenced To 5 Years In Federal Prison For Possessing, Distributing Child Pornography





PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Derek D. Felicio, 42, of North Smithfield, R.I., was sentenced today to 60 months in federal prison for possessing more than 90,000 images and 555 videos depicting child pornography and for distributing child pornography, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha; Bruce M. Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in New England; 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 Felicio to serve 10 years of supervised release upon completion of his prison term. Felicio pleaded guilty on October 24, 2014, to one count each of possession of child pornography and distribution of child pornography.

According to court records and information presented to the court, in March 2013, Felicio unknowingly contacted an undercover HSI agent in Salt Lake City, UT, on a website which contains and is used to share images of child pornography. At the time of his guilty plea, Felicio admitted to the court that during an exchange of emails, he sent HSI agents numerous photographs depicting the lascivious display of prepubescent girls.

In October 2013, HSI agents in Rhode Island seized and searched two computers at Felicio’s residence. A forensic examination of the computers by the Rhode Island State Police Internet Crimes Against Children task force resulted in the identification of more than 90,000 images and 555 videos depicting child pornography.
Felicio has been detained in federal custody since his arrest by HSI agents on May 1, 2014.

            The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lee H. Vilker

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