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Man sentenced on lesser charges in child porn case


WAKEFIELD — One of two Westerly brothers initially charged with felony possession of child pornography pleaded no contest to lesser charges in Washington County Superior Court before Judge Melanie Wilk Thunberg on Friday.

Giuseppe DeCaro, 26, of 314 High St., represented by attorney Louis B. Cappuccio Jr., pleaded to an amended Rhode Island State Police charge of accessing a computer for fraudulent purposes, as agreed to with the attorney general’s office.

He was sentenced to two years’ probation.

The men were charged by members of the state police Computer Crimes Unit/Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force along with more than a dozen people as part of Operation Child Safe, a sweep targeting computer users who allegedly share child pornography over peer-to-peer computer networks.

DeCaro’s brother, Frank DeCaro, was arrested at his home on Dec. 9, 2010. At the time, police seized two computers from the home. He has been charged with two counts of possession and transmission of child pornography.

State police returned to the Westerly address the following Monday, reportedly to arrest Giuseppe DeCaro, also known as Joey. According to a court report, troopers were told he “was on a trip out of the country.” In other court documents, DeCaro was said to have gone to Italy. The second arrest was not made at that time.

Giuseppe DeCaro was arrested Dec. 10, 2012, upon his return, after he turned himself over the state police detectives at the Hope Valley barracks, his surrender aided by his attorney. At the time, he pleaded not guilty to one count of possession of child pornography.

Frank DeCaro’s next court hearing is scheduled for Nov. 1.

Under state law, conviction on that charge is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Transmission of pornography carries a sentence of up to 15 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.



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