Pawtucket Man Admits to Attempting to Send Obscene Material to a Minor
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Rhode Island
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Pawtucket man today pleaded guilty in federal court in Providence to attempting to send obscene material to a minor.
Tomy J. Fitton, 41, admitted that he sent photographs of his exposed genitalia to a person he believed to be a 14-year-old girl with whom he had been communicating with online. The person he was communicating with was a member of the Rhode Island State Police Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.
According to court documents, during the chatroom communications, in addition to sending the images of his genitalia, Fitton arranged to meet the supposed 14-year-old girl at a location in Providence. When he arrived at the location, Fitton was taken into custody by members of the ICAC Task Force. A cursory search of a cellphone in Fitton’s possession at the time of his arrest revealed the chatroom communications with a member of the ICAC Task Force and the digital images sent to the person he believed to be a 14-year-old girl.
Appearing today before U.S. District Court Chief Judge John J. McConnell, Jr., Fitton pleaded guilty to attempted transfer of obscene material to a minor, announced Acting United States Attorney Richard B. Myrus.
If accepted by the court, a plea agreement filed in this matter recommends that Fitton be sentenced to serve a 24-month term of incarceration in federal prison. Fitton, who is currently detained in federal custody, is scheduled to be sentenced on August 18, 2021.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald R. Gendron.
The Rhode Island ICAC Task Force is comprised of members of the Rhode Island State Police Computer Crimes Unit, agents from Homeland Security Investigations, and detectives from the Warwick Police Department, Cranston Police Department, Newport Police Department, East Providence Police Department, Pawtucket Police Department, Bristol Police Department, and Portsmouth Police Department.
Updated June 1, 2021
Press Release Number: 21-73
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