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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Rhode Island

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Registered Sex Offender Detained on Child Pornography Charge

Arrested 5 months after completing 84 month prison term on child pornography charges

PROVIDENCE, RI –  A registered sex offender serving lifetime federal supervised release, having been convicted of possession and distribution of child pornography in 2011, and sentenced to 84 months in federal prison followed by lifetime supervised release, was ordered detained in federal custody today, less than 5 months after completing his term of incarceration on a criminal complaint charging him with possession child pornography.

Robert L. MacGregor, 55, of Providence, was arrested by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents and members of the Rhode Island State Police Internet Crimes Against Children ( RI ICAC) task force earlier today, following an investigation that determined that MacGregor was allegedly in possession of approximately 100 images of child pornography.

According to court documents, during a routine home visit on January 24, 2018, a United States Probation Officer allegedly observed inappropriate materials on MacGregor’s cell phone.  A subsequent forensic examination of the phone by members of the RI ICAC task force allegedly revealed approximately 100 images of child pornography. 

MacGregor’s arrest and detention are announced by United States Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch; Michael S. Shea, Acting Special Agent in Charge of HSI for New England; and Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police.

Possession of child pornography in this matter (2nd offense) is punishable by statutory penalties of a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison, with a maximum penalty of 20 years of incarceration; lifetime supervised release; and a fine of up to $250,000.

A criminal complaint is merely an allegation and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

MacGregor was ordered detained by U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Lincoln D. Almond.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John P. McAdams.

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Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
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Jim Martin (401)-709-5357
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18-20
Updated February 7, 2018