Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces that on January 9, 2014, members of the Computer Crimes Unit/Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force arrested Paul Estus, age 66, of 55 Oak Street, Westerly, Rhode Island for two (2) counts of Possession of Child Pornography.
The investigation was initiated by the State Police Computer Crimes Unit/ICAC Task Force after information was received alleging that an adult male was saving images of child pornography to his Microsoft SkyDrive Account. An investigation confirmed the presence of alleged child pornography in the SkyDrive account and that Mr. Estus was the SkyDrive account holder. An affidavit and arrest warrant was obtained for Mr. Estus, in addition to a search warrant for his residence. During the execution of the search warrant, members of the task force seized numerous computers, digital media and printed images of alleged child pornography.
Paul Estus was processed and arraigned in Fourth Division District Court before the Honorable Associate Judge Madeline Quirk. Mr. Estus was released on $10,000 personal recognizance on both charges with special conditions to include no contact with minors and no access to the Internet.
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, Woonsocket Police Department, North Kingstown Police Department, Jamestown Police Department, Portsmouth Police Department, Bristol Police Department, and special agents from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and United States Postal Inspection Services (USPS).
MEDIA CONTACT: Major Todd Catlow, Detective Commander, (401) 444-1005