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Department of Justice
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District of Rhode Island

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Rhode Island Man Sentenced to Forty Years in Prison for Producing and Possessing Child Pornography

Defendant owned largest collection of child pornography ever seized in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE – A former Warwick, R.I., man who repeatedly recorded himself raping an unconscious minor and who possessed one of the largest collections of child pornography ever seized by law enforcement in Rhode Island was sentenced today to 40 years in federal prison.

Jordan Monroe, 54, has been detained in federal custody since his arrest by Homeland Security Investigations agents and members of the Rhode Island State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force on May 12, 2016, when, during a court-authorized search of his residence, he was found to be in possession of tens of thousands of images and nearly a thousand videos containing child pornography.  

According to information presented to the Court, among a fraction of the more than 3.5 million picture files and twenty-four thousand video files located on Monroe’s electronic devices and reviewed by law enforcement during a Project Safe Childhood investigation, more than 36,840 images and 960 videos were discovered to contain child pornography.

Among the videos reviewed are videos created by Monroe of himself repeatedly raping an unconscious minor child. The videos depict at least 19 different rapes, which took place over a period spanning at least 3 years.

Monroe was also found to be in possession of a manifesto for pedophiles titled, “How to Practice Child Love,” created to teach pedophiles how to find, isolate, molest, and rape children and not get caught.

United States Attorney Aaron L. Weisman commented, “The abhorrent conduct of this man and others like him who abuse and exploit children more than justifies the forty years in federal prison the Court sentenced this defendant to serve. Federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutors will continue to tirelessly work as a team to use every resource available to identify and rescue victims of exploitation and to hold those responsible accountable.”

“Today’s sentence is the result of the coordinated effort of a team of federal, state and local law enforcement partners and the U.S. Attorney’s Office who worked closely to ensure that justice was served in this disturbing case. “ said Jason J. Molina, acting Special Agent in Charge, Homeland Security Investigations. “The evidence unearthed in this investigation showed that this dangerous defendant, through his extensive crimes over many years, had no concern for the harm he repeatedly caused to the many child victims he exploited and victimized.  We can only hope that today’s sentence might provide some small measure of justice for the victims who will undoubtedly suffer lifelong damages because of the actions of this depraved threat to our community.”

Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police Colonel James M. Manni added,  “The Rhode Island State Police will continue to investigate and prosecute any and all child predators that prey on our most precious resource; our children.  The State Police and the Internet Crimes Against Children task force are committed to protecting our children and to see that such malign and deviant behavior is stopped and the offenders are held accountable in a court of law.”

 At sentencing today, U.S. District Court Chief Judge William E. Smith sentenced Monroe to 480 months in federal prison to be followed by lifetime federal supervised release.

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

This case was brought as part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
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Contact: 
Jim Martin (401) 709-5357
Press Release Number: 
19-102
Updated August 22, 2019