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Providence Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Possession of Child Pornography

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

PROVIDENCE – A Providence man found to be in possession of more than two thousand images of child sexual abuse has been sentenced to eighteen months in federal prison, announced United States Attorney Zachary A, Cunha.

In April 2019, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children notified law enforcement that Google had provided information that a Google account had been used to upload and store approximately 300 videos and images of minors, including prepubescent minors, engaged in sexually explicit conduct.  Upon further investigation, members of the Rhode Island State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and Homeland Security Investigations determined that the account belonged to belonging to Juan C. Funes, 24, of Providence.

As part of their investigation, members of law enforcement executed a court-authorized search of Funes’s residence on June 4, 2019, and discovered approximately 2,000 additional images of child sexual abuse on Funes’ cell phone.

Funes pleaded guilty previously to a charge of possession of child pornography. He was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith to eighteen months of incarceration to be followed by eight years of federal supervised release.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Milind M. Shah and John P. McAdams.



Jim Martin

(401) 709-5357

Updated January 16, 2024

Project Safe Childhood
Press Release Number: 24-03