Contact: Major Todd Catlow, Detective Commander Telephone: (401) 444-1006
Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces that on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, members of the Rhode Island Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force arrested Kyle O'Connor, age 22, of 316 Harrington Avenue, Warwick, Rhode Island, on charges of Possession of Child Pornography and Transfer of Child Pornography.
The Rhode Island ICAC Task Force was conducting an investigation into the transfer of child pornography over a peer-to-peer network. As a result of this investigation, we allege that that the internet connection at 316 Harrington Avenue, Warwick, was downloading and transferring images and videos containing child pornography. During the execution of a court-authorized search warrant at that address, images containing child pornography were allegedly located on digital media in the possession and control of Kyle O'Connor. Several pieces of digital media were seized, including two laptop computers, a desktop computer and several flash memory drives.
During the search Task Force members also seized a small container of suspected marijuana, which resulted in Mr. O'Connor being issued a civil citation for Possession of Marijuana, 1 oz. or less.
Mr. O'Connor was arraigned before the Honorable Judge Terence Houlihan in Third Division District Court on the criminal charges and released on $10,000 personal recognizance bail with special conditions, including no Internet access and no contact with children under 18 years of age.
The Rhode Island Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force actively engages in investigative efforts to identify subjects involved in child exploitation-related activities. The Rhode Island ICAC Task Force Program is administered by the Rhode Island State Police and supports a national network of multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task forces engaged in investigations, forensic examinations, and prosecutions related to Internet crimes against children and technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation. The Rhode Island ICAC Task Force is comprised of members of the Rhode Island State Police Computer Crimes Unit along with detectives from the Coventry Police Department, Warwick Police Department, Pawtucket Police Department, Jamestown Police Department, Woonsocket Police Department, and North Kingstown Police Department; and special agents from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), United States Postal Inspection Services (USPIS) and Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).