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Members of the Rhode Island State Police Computer Crimes Unit and Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Arrest Nine Individuals in a Statewide Sweep

Media Contact: Major Todd Catlow, Detective Commander, (401) 444-1005

Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces that on April 1, 2014, members of the Computer Crimes Unit and Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, assisted by members of the United States Marshals Sex Offender Law Enforcement Multidisciplinary Network (SOLEMN) and the United States Secret Service arrested nine (9) suspects for crimes allegedly exploiting children.

ICAC Task Force members engage in undercover investigative operations to identify subjects using the Internet to exploit children. This morning, members of the Rhode Island ICAC Task Force, as well as local and federal law enforcement partners, executed eleven court-authorized search warrants at residences throughout the state associated with ongoing undercover investigations. As a result, assorted digital media was seized which contained evidence related to the victimization of children and technology-facilitated crimes.

The investigation identified the alleged owners of digital media containing pornographic images and videos of children. As a result, the following individuals were arrested and charged with Possession of Child Pornography and Transfer of Child Pornography:

1. Richard Dias, age 60, 227 South Clarendon Street, Cranston was arraigned in Third Division District Court where bail was set $20,000 personal recognizance.
2. Gregory Wagner, age 29, 2 O'Donnell Avenue, Unit #3, Warwick was arraigned in Third Division District Court where bail was set $20,000 personal recognizance.
3. Christopher Skinner, age 25, 4 Collyer Street, Providence was arraigned in Sixth Division District Court where bail was set on the new charges of $5,000 with surety. He was held as a Superior Court probation violator relating to a previous charge of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.
4. Enrique Rodriguez, age 40, 282 Asylum Avenue, Woonsocket was arraigned in Sixth Division District Court where bail was set $10,000 personal recognizance.
5. Andrew Fontaine, age 26, 4 Shane Drive, West Warwick was arraigned in Third Division District Court where bail was set $20,000 personal recognizance.
6. Nolan Ross, age 20, 53 Seacrest Drive, Portsmouth was arraigned in Fourth Division District Court where bail was set $10,000 personal recognizance.
7. Joshua Martenson, age 33, 856 Smith Street, Unit #1, Providence was arraigned in Sixth Division District Court where bail was set $100,000 personal recognizance.

At their arraignments all of the above individuals were ordered to have no contact with minors and/or their respective victims, and no access to the Internet.

Christopher Skinner and Joshua Martenson are registered sex offenders with the State of Rhode Island.

A person found guilty of Possession of Child Pornography or Transfer of Child Pornography may be imprisoned up to five years and subject to a maximum fine of five thousand dollars.

One individual was arrested for Indecent Solicitation of a Minor and Third Degree Sexual Assault. This arrest was the result of a complaint initiated at the Foster Police Department and subsequent ICAC Task Force investigation which identified a 60-year-old man allegedly involved in soliciting a 14-year-old girl for sexual purposes. The individual is identified as:

8. David Harris, age 60, 45 Taft Avenue, Providence

David Harris was arraigned on charges of Indecent Solicitation of a Minor and Third Degree Sexual Assault at Sixth Division District Court and released on bail of $10,000 with surety with special conditions to include no contact with minors and/or their respective victims, and no access to the Internet. A person convicted of Third Degree Sexual Assault may be imprisoned for a maximum of five years.

One individual was arrested for video voyeurism after a Task Force investigation showed him allegedly recording a female subject in the bathroom and bedroom of his residence without her knowledge or consent. This was the result of computer equipment seized during a previous arrest of possession and transfer of child pornography. The individual is identified as:

9. Eduardo Guzman, age 20, 218 Pleasant Street, Providence

Eduardo Guzman was arrested and arraigned on a charge of Video Voyeurism today at Sixth Division District Court. He was released on $5,000 personal recognizance with special conditions to include no contact with minors and/or their respective victims, and no access to the Internet. A person found guilty of the crime of Video Voyeurism may be imprisoned for up to three years and subject to a maximum fine of five thousand dollars.

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, and Bristol Police Department, and special agents from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), United States Postal Inspection Services (USPS).

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Department or agency: Rhode Island State Police

Online: http://www.risp.ri.gov

Release date: 04-01-2014

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