RI – Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces that on Friday, February 14, 2014, members of the Rhode Island Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force arrested Jeffrey E. Peterson, age 41, of 444 Woodward Avenue, Apartment 38, North Providence, Rhode Island, for the alleged Possession of Child Pornography.
Mr. Peterson was arrested as a result of a joint investigation between the Rhode Island ICAC Task Force and the Essex County (New Jersey) Prosecutor’s Office of a complaint from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The investigation revealed that the Internet connection at 444 Woodward Avenue, Apartment 38, North Providence was used to download videos of alleged child pornography. A court authorized search warrant was executed at Mr. Peterson’s address where alleged child pornography was located and numerous pieces of digital media were seized.
Mr. Peterson was arrested and arraigned before the Honorable Associate Judge William Clifton in Third Division District Court. He was released on $10,000 personal recognizance with special conditions including no Internet access and no contact with children.
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, and 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).