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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 arrested Gregory Lombardi, Jr., age 20, of 61 Gelser Street, Apartment B-31, Providence, Rhode Island, for Possession of Child Pornography and Transfer of Child Pornography. This is the third time since 2012 that the Rhode Island ICAC Task Force has arrested and charged Mr. Lombardi related to child pornography and the exploitation of a child.
Mr. Lombardi will be arraigned on charges of Possession of Child Pornography (2 counts) and Transfer of Child Pornography (2 counts) this morning at 11:00 AM in Sixth Division District Court, Garrahy Judicial Complex, One Dorrance Plaza, Providence.
The current charges are the result of the investigation by the Rhode Island ICAC Task Force of two separate complaints. The first complaint resulted from information received from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). The investigation identified Mr. Lombardi as the person responsible for uploading images of alleged child pornography to an image sharing website. The second complaint was made by a private citizen and involved alleged child pornography being transferred through a social media website.
On October 18, 2012, Gregory Lombardi was arrested and charged with Possession of Child Pornography. The charges were the result of the investigation of information from the NCMEC. The investigation identified Mr. Lombardi as the person responsible for uploading images of alleged child pornography to social media websites.
On February 21, 2014, Mr. Lombardi was arrested and charged with Possession of Child Pornography and Indecent Solicitation of a Minor. The charges were the result of the investigation of information from NCMEC and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The investigation identified Mr. Lombardi as the person responsible for uploading images of alleged child pornography to a foreign image-hosting website. During the course of this investigation, detectives determined that Mr. Lombardi was also soliciting juveniles to send naked images of themselves.
The aforementioned cases are still pending in the Rhode Island court system. Mr. Lombardi is currently on $5,000 surety bail with special conditions prohibiting him access to the Internet and no contact with children.
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, North Kingstown Police Department, Portsmouth Police Department, Bristol Police Department, South Kingstown Police Department, Woonsocket Police Department, Jamestown Police Department, and special agents from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and United States Postal Inspection Services (USPIS).