Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces that on Friday, February 14, 2014, members of the Rhode Island Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force arrested Jeffrey E. Peterson, age 41, of 444 Woodward Avenue, Apartment 38, North Providence, Rhode Island, for the alleged Possession of Child Pornography.
Mr. Peterson was arrested as a result of a joint investigation between the Rhode Island ICAC Task Force and the Essex County (New Jersey) Prosecutor's Office of a complaint from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The iinvestigation revealed that the Internet connection at 444 Woodward Avenue, Apartment 38, North Providence was used to download videos of alleged child pornography. A court authorized search warrant was executed at Mr. Peterson's address where alleged child pornography was located and numerous pieces of digital media were seized.
Mr. Peterson was arrested and arraigned before the Honorable Associate Judge William Clifton in Third Division District Court. He was released on $10,000 personal recognizance with special conditions including no Internet access and no contact with children.
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; Portsmouth Police Department, Bristol Police Department and special agents from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and United States Postal Inspection Services (USPIS).