North Attleboro Man Indicted, Arraigned on Child Pornography and Distribution of Animal Abuse Video Charges
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Rhode Island
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A North Attleboro man indicted by a federal grand jury in Providence on charges that he accessed, possessed, received, and distributed child pornography, and distributed an animal crush video, pled not guilty today at his arraignment in U.S. District Court in Providence, announced United States Attorney Zachary A. Cunha.
Samuel Maigret, 25, pled not guilty to a six-count indictment charging him with distribution of child pornography, receipt of child pornography, possession of child pornography, access with intent to view child pornography, distribution of an animal crush video, and transfer of obscene material (the animal crush video).
According to court documents and information presented to the court, during a June 2021 court-authorized search of Maigret’s then Pawtucket residence and of a cellphone located on his person, Homeland Security Investigations agents and members of the Rhode Island State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force discovered a significant quantity of images and videos depicting adult males involved in sexual acts with infants. Additionally, a forensic review of Maigret’s digital storage devices revealed evidence that Maigret possessed and allegedly distributed a video via an online application that depicts an individual causing serious injury to a dog by using an object to penetrate the dog.
An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise M. Barton.
Updated December 13, 2021
Press Release Number: 21-137
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