A Johnston man was among the suspects arrested in a statewide sweep of arrests for possession and transfer of child pornography material. Christopher Anderson, 22, of 5 Kimball Ave., was arraigned in Third District Court in Warwick. He was later released on bail pending further court hearings.
Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, of the Rhode Island State Police, announced a sweep of child pornography suspects on April 30 by members of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force that arrested eight people for possession and transfer of child pornography.
Task Force members previously initiated an undercover investigative operation to identify subjects involved in sharing images of child pornography on the Internet. In furtherance of this operation, court-authorized search warrants were executed at residences throughout the state. The State Police release reported numerous images and videos of child pornography were located on digital media as a result of the search warrants.
Other individuals accused of owning illegal media and images are: Wilfred Garant, 72, 93 Campion Ave., Tiverton; Michael Lund, 31, of 401 Market St., Warren; George Duprey, 50, of 109 Greenslitt Ave., Pawtucket; Rafael Melo, 18, of 850 Broadway, East Providence; Howard Gurney, 70, of 16 Round Hill Rd., Foster; Santos Perez, 27, of 63 Algonquin St., Providence; and John Licciardello, 57, of 65 Prospect St., Barrington.
The ICAC Task Force investigates and identifies people suspected of being involved in child exploitation. It is part of a national network of agencies investigating and prosecuting Internet crimes against children. Detectives from Coventry, Warwick, Pawtucket, Jamestown, Woonsocket, Middletown and North Kingstown worked with agents from Homeland Security, the United States Postal Inspection Services (USPS) Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).