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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Registered Sex Offender Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Charge

Faces 10-20 years in prison for being in possession of 500 images and 3 videos of child pornography while on probation for possessing child pornography

PROVIDENCE – Victor C. Radbill, 33, of Woonsocket, pleaded guilty in federal court in Providence today to possession of child pornography.

 

Appearing before U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell, Jr., Radbill, a registered sex offender on state probation for a previous conviction of possession of child pornography, admitted that he owned a digital media storage card which contained images and videos of child pornography found inside a clothes dryer at a Lincoln laundromat in October 2016.

 

Victor Radbill’s guilty plea is announced by Acting United States Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch; Lincoln Police Chief Brian W. Sullivan; and Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police.

According to information presented to the court, on October 22, 2016, an SD card from a cell phone was found inside a dryer at a Manville laundromat. An individual at the laundromat viewed the contents of the SD card, discovered images of child pornography, and saw “selfies” of a person he recognized as a customer of the laundromat. An employee of the laundromat notified Lincoln Police. A Lincoln Police Department detective identified evidence in this matter, including a surveillance photograph which depicted Radbill in the laundromat on the afternoon the SD card was discovered. The matter was then referred to the Rhode Island State Police Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force.

A court authorized search of the SD card by detectives assigned to the ICAC task force revealed more than 500 images and 3 videos of child pornography, and “selfies” of Radbill. The investigation by the ICAC task force determined that the images were possessed by Radbill at the same time he was serving a sentence of five years probation on a state conviction of possession of child pornography. The forensic examination of the contents of the SD card revealed that the “selfies” of Radbill were taken on the same model cell phone Radbill admitted to owning.

Radbill was charged by way of a federal indictment on December 20, 2016. He was arraigned and ordered detained on December 28, 2016. According to court records, Radbill was convicted in Rhode Island state court on July 21, 2015, on a charge of possession of child pornography and sentenced to five years suspended with five years probation.

 

Radbill is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell, Jr., on November 28, 2017. Radbill faces a statutory sentence of between 10 and 20 years in federal prison, up to lifetime supervision, a fine of up to $250,000, and, unless the Court finds the defendant indigent, a mandatory $5,000 special assessment.

 

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sandra R. Hebert and Denise M. Barton.

 

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Project Safe Childhood
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Contact: 
Jim Martin (401) 709-5357 email: USARI.Media@usdoj.gov on Twitter @USAO_RI
Press Release Number: 
17-109
Updated September 12, 2017