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Woonsocket Man Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Charge

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

PROVIDENCE, RI – A Woonsocket man today admitted to a federal judge that he possessed more than one thousand images and videos of child sexual abuse, announced United States Attorney Zachary A. Cunha.

Appearing in U.S. District Court in Providence, John F. Tracy IV, 40, admitted that he stored images and videos depicting child pornography in a storage-cloud, and on multiple digital storage devices and a cell phone that were seized from his Woonsocket home during a court-authorized search on July 14, 2022.

According to information presented to the court, forensic audits of the devices revealed 1,059 images and 24 videos depicting child pornography.

Tracy pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of child pornography. He is scheduled to be sentenced on February 1, 2024. The defendant’s sentence will be determined by a federal district judge after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Dulce Donovan and Julie M. White.

The matter, first brought to the attention of law enforcement in a report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, was investigated by the Homeland Security Investigations and the Rhode Island State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.





Jim Martin

(401) 709-5357

Updated November 2, 2023

Project Safe Childhood
Press Release Number: 23-112