Contact: Major Todd Catlow Detective Commander Rhode Island State Police Headquarters (401) 444-1005 firstname.lastname@example.org
Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces that on Monday, June 23, 2014, members of the Rhode Island State Police Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force arraigned Martin Micheo, age 70, of 10 Burleigh Street, Apartment #11, Providence, Rhode Island, for Possession of Child Pornography.
Mr. Micheo was arraigned on the above charge this afternoon in Sixth Division District Court before the Honorable Administrative Judge Elaine T. Bucci who set bail at $25,000 with surety with special conditions of no internet use and no contact with children. Mr. Micheo was held as a probation violator and will be appear at 2:00 PM in Superior Court at the Garrahy Judicial Complex, One Dorrance Plaza, Providence.
During the month of May 2014, Rhode Island Probation and Parole, assisted by the United States Marshal's SOLEMN Task Force, conducted a probation compliance check at Mr. Micheo's residence. During that compliance check, officers observed Internet activity indicative of child pornography. Mr. Micheo's laptop computer was seized and turned over to the Rhode Island State Police Computer Crimes Unit. During a forensic examination of Mr. Micheo's computer, images of child pornography were located.
On May 23, 2014, members of the ICAC Task Force and the U. S. Marshal's SOLEMN Task Force responded to Mr. Micheo's residence with an arrest warrant for Possession of Child Pornography. Investigation revealed that Mr. Micheo had fled the state after his probation compliance check and was living with family in the State of Connecticut. With the assistance of the Connecticut ICAC Task Force, Mr. Micheo was located in Connecticut and placed into custody later that day. Mr. Micheo was arraigned as a fugitive from Rhode Island in Waterbury Superior Court 400 Grand Street, Waterbury, Connecticut and waived extradition proceedings.
On October 3, 2012, Mr. Micheo pled nolo contendere to a charge of Production of Child Pornography and was sentenced to a full sentence of six years at the Adult Correctional Institute, one year to serve in home confinement and five years suspended with probation.
A person found guilty of Possession of Child Pornography may be subject to a fine of not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000), or imprisoned 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, 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).