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Groton Man Sentenced for Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Materials

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

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Paul Emerson, 38, of Groton, Vermont, was sentenced yesterday in Rutland, Vermont by Chief Judge Geoffrey W. Crawford of the United States District Court for the District of Vermont to time served to be followed by 10 years of supervised release for his possession of three items of child sexual abuse materials (formerly called “child pornography”). 

Emerson pleaded guilty to the charged possession in March of 2022 and has been on pre-trial release since that time. 

U.S. Attorney Nikolas P. Kerest thanked the Federal Bureau of Investigation for its work on the matter. 

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and Child Exploitation Obscenity Section, Criminal Division (CEOS), 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

Assistant United States Attorney Eugenia Cowles represented the government. Assistant Federal Public Defender Mary Nerino represented Mr. Emerson.

Updated August 25, 2022

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