Child Pornography Investigation Yields Several Arrests

A statewide criminal investigation into the underworld of child pornography has yielded several arrests.

Eleven people, including one minor, were arrested Thursday morning after the Rhode Island State Police Computer Crimes Unit/Internet Crimes Against Children executed 14 search warrants around the state, the culmination of an investigation into individuals thought to possess or distribute child abuse images, otherwise known as child pornography.

The investigation yielded thousands of pornographic images and videos of minors, ranging from infants to adolescents.

Amongst those arrested, an 18-year-old student of University of Rhode Island, and a 61-year-old former music teacher from Warwick.

Law enforcement authorities say those who were arrested in the sweep face a minimum of five years in prison and a maximum of 15 years behind bars.

Police made the arrests as part of an investigation code-named “Operation Darknet”, which targets people who are allegedly in possession of child pornography.

“Operation Darknet” also targets people who transmit or broadcast child pornography on the Internet.

The people who were arrested were arraigned at the Third, Fourth, and Sixth Division District Courts on Thursday.