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Northfield Man Charged With Possession Of Child Pornography

CONTACT: John Treadwell, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-5512

December 18, 2012

Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell announced today that Homer Smith, of Northfield, Vermont, has been charged with five felony counts of Possession of Child Pornography. Each count carries a possible prison term of up to five years, a fine of up to $10,000.00, or both.

The charges resulted from an investigation by the Attorney General’s Office working with Vermont’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the Vermont State Police and the Northfield Police Department. The affidavit filed with the court alleges that Mr. Smith obtained child pornography over the internet using peer-to-peer file sharing programs. Computers connect to peer-to-peer networks via publicly available software that permits them to trade pictures and movies, including those containing child pornography, with other computers all around the world.

At the arraignment today in the Vermont Superior Court, Washington Criminal Division, Mr. Smith pled not guilty. The court set bail and imposed conditions of release including conditions restricting Mr. Smith’s contact with minors and access to devices capable of connecting to the internet.

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