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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Vermont

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Brattleboro Man Sentenced For Possessionof Child Pornography

Tristram J. Coffin, United States Attorney for the District of Vermont, stated that Ralph Schnyer, 46, of 213 Birge Street, Brattleboro, Vermont was sentenced on May 19, 2014 by U.S. District Court Judge William K. Sessions III, to 12 months and one day in prison for possession of child pornography.  Schnyer was also sentenced to five years of supervised release after the completion of his prison term.

According to Court records, on August 13, 2013, Ralph Schnyer was in possession of thousands of images and videos containing child pornography.  He was apprehended when Special Agents with Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”) learned that someone at the Birge Street residence was distributing child pornography using Ares, a type of file-sharing software.  Pursuant to a federal search warrant, law enforcement searched the residence at 213 Birge Street on August 13, 2013 and discovered child pornography on Ralph Schnyer’s computer.

Schnyer was arrested on August 13, 2013. On August 14, 2013, he appeared before United States Magistrate Judge John M. Conroy who released Schnyer pending trial. He was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 29, 2013 for possession of child pornography.  Schnyer pled guilty to that offense on January 21, 2014 and was released pending sentencing.

This case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security Investigations.  The United States Attorney, Tristram J. Coffin, commends that agency for its work.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nancy J. Creswell.  Schnyer was represented by Attorney Thomas Sherrer.

Updated June 22, 2015