July 23, 2014
Contact: Major Todd E. 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 Wednesday, July 23, 2014, members of the Rhode Island State Police Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force arrested Matthew Antignano, age 31, of 533 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, Rhode Island, for Possession of Child Pornography and Transfer of Child Pornography.
Mr. Antignano will be arraigned on the aforementioned charges after 11:00 AM this morning in Sixth Division District Court, Garrahy Judicial Complex, One Dorrance Plaza, Providence, Rhode Island.
ICAC Task force members recently initiated an undercover investigation of individuals trading images and videos of child pornography on the Internet. The Internet connection at 533 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, Rhode Island was identified as allegedly sharing videos and images of child pornography. This morning ICAC Task Force members executed a court-authorized search warrant at the Bristol residence. Task Force members identified alleged child pornography on a computer within the residence and identified Mr. Antignano as the alleged owner of the computer and the videos of alleged child pornography.
Mr. Antignano was recently employed as a Direct Support Professional (DSP) by Looking Upwards, Inc., located at 438 East Main Road, Middletown, Rhode Island. Looking Upwards, Inc. is a nonprofit agency that provides support to people with disabilities. Mr. Antignano's job related duties did not put him in direct 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. A person found guilty of Transfer of Child Pornography may be subject to a fine of not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000), or imprisoned not more than fifteen (15) 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, and special agents from Homeland Security Investigations and United States Postal Inspection Services.