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

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Warwick Resident Sentenced for Possessing, Distributing Child Pornography

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Sami-Joe Daou, 28, of Warwick, was sentenced today to 70 months in prison for possessing and distributing child pornography. A joint federal, state and local law enforcement investigation determined that Daou possessed images of child pornography, some of which he shared via Facebook.

At sentencing, U.S. District Court Chief Judge William E. Smith also ordered Daou to serve 10 years supervised release upon completion of his prison term and to pay $18,308 restitution to the victims in this matter. Daou pleaded guilty on November 3, 2016, to one count of possession of visual depiction of a minor engaged in sexual explicit conduct and one count of distribution of visual depiction of a minor engaged in sexual explicit conduct.

Daou’s sentence is announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha; Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division; Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police; and Cranston Police Chief Colonel Michael J. Winquist.

According to information presented to the court, in March 2015, the defendant stored on his computer sexually explicit images involving a pre-teenage female, some of which he shared on Facebook. Additionally, in July 2015, the defendant stored on his computer sexually explicit video files depicting sexual contact he had with a 17-year-old female.


The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Milind M. Shah.


The matter was investigated by the Rhode Island State Police Computer Crimes Unit, the Cranston Police Department, and the FBI.





Jim Martin (401) 709-5357

email: USARI.Media@usdoj.gov

on Twitter @USAO_RI

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Updated February 28, 2017