Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces that on Friday, April 25, 2014, members of the Rhode Island State Police Computer Crimes Unit and Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force arrested Ryan Godin, age 21, of 30 Fern Street, Warwick, Rhode Island, for the alleged crimes of Possession and Transfer of Child Pornography.
Mr. Godin was arrested as a result of an ongoing undercover investigation associated with individuals trading child pornography online. The investigation revealed that the Internet connection at 30 Fern Street, Warwick was used to download and transfer images of alleged child pornography. A court-authorized search warrant was executed at the residence, interviews were conducted with the residents, several pieces of digital media were forensically analyzed and a laptop and cellular telephone were subsequently seized. Mr. Godin is alleged to be the owner of the digital media containing the child pornography.
Mr. Godin was arraigned on the above charges before the Honorable Associate Judge William C. Clifton in Third Division District Court. Mr. Godin was released on $20,000 personal recognizance with special conditions restricting his contact with children and use of the Internet. He is scheduled for a pre-trial conference on June 22, 2014.
A person found guilty of Possession/Transfer of Child Pornography is subject to a fine of not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000), or imprisonment of not more than five (5) years, or both.
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).
MEDIA CONTACT: Major Todd E. Catlow, Detective Commander, (401) 444-1005.