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Rutland Man Charged With Possession Of Child Pornography

CONTACT: Ultan Doyle, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-5512

April 7, 2014

Attorney General William H. Sorrell announced today that Matthew Russell, age 39, of Rutland, Vermont, was charged on April 3, 2014 with one felony count and four misdemeanor counts of Possession of Child pornography. The felony count carries a possible prison term of up to five years and each misdemeanor count carries a possible prison term of up to two years.

According to documents filed with the court, images containing child pornography were found on a phone belonging to Mr. Russell after his home was searched pursuant to warrant, issued after information was obtained from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that Mr. Russell had uploaded images of child pornography to his Tumblr.com account.

Mr. Russell pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in the Rutland Criminal Division. The court imposed conditions of release, which included restrictions on Mr. Russell’s access to the internet and to children.

The charges stem from a shared investigation between the Attorney General’s Office, Vermont’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Rutland Office for Special Investigations and the Vermont State Police. Vermont’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigates cases of child sexual exploitation occurring over the internet. These investigations include the production and online sharing of child pornography. This Task Force also provides forensic examination services, technical assistance, law enforcement training, and public education and outreach. The Attorney General’s Office, United States Attorney’s Office, Vermont State Police and other county and municipal law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies are affiliated with the Task Force.

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