North Kingstown man sentenced for conviction on child-porn charges

North Kingstown man sentenced for conviction on child-porn charges

The Westerly Sun

North Kingstown man sentenced to federal prison for possessing child pornography

PROVIDENCE — A North Kingstown man was sentenced Friday to 30 months in federal prison for possession of child pornography.

Shaun M. Swant, 28, was arrested in September 2017 by Homeland Security agents and members of the Rhode Island State Police Internet Crimes Against Children task force after his social media user name was identified by Canadian authorities during an investigation into online sharing of child pornography in Saskatchewan.

Swant, 28, was identified through his IP address as a person using online programs to discuss and share child pornography online.

On the date he was arrested, a court-authorized search of Swant’s residence turned up several computers and electronic devices that contained numerous images and videos of child pornography.

Swant pleaded guilty on Feb. 27 to possession of child pornography. At his sentencing in Providence, U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell Jr. also ordered Swant to serve 5 years of supervised release upon completion of his term of incarceration and to pay a mandatory assessment of $5,000 as provided for in the Justice for Victims Trafficking Act.

Sun staff


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