WESTERLY — A 37-year-old local man has been charged with possession of child pornography, his second such arrest on those charges since 2008.
Vincent "Jack" Siravo, of 306 Post Road in Westerly, was charged through Rhode Island State Police on Wednesday evening with one count of possession of child pornography, second offense. He was held overnight and arraigned in Fourth Division District Court Thursday morning before posting a $10,000 court-set bond.
The case has been referred to Washington County Superior Court for a felony screening in January. The bond includes special conditions that prohibit Siravo from having any contact with minors, as well as restricting his use of the internet.
Siravo was arrested Wednesday night following an investigation conducted through the State Police Computer Crimes Unit and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. According to state police, Siravo was allegedly using an unsecured connection at a restaurant in South Kingstown to access child pornography.
Through further investigation, the police said task force members were able to identify Siravo as "the owner of the digital media used to download and possess the child pornography."
For Siravo, the arrest marks the second related to possession of child pornography. According to Rhode Island court records, he was charged with the same offense through the South Kingstown Police Department in 2008 and eventually entered a plea of no contest in April 2014.
As a result of the conviction, he was sentenced to a five-year suspended sentence pending completion of five years of probation. Siravo is also required to register as a sex offender until Oct. 24, 2026.
In Rhode Island, those found guilty of possession of child pornography are subject to a fine of not more than $5,000, a term of up to five years in prison, or both.
Acting Capt. Robert Creamer of the Rhode Island State Police said the arrest shows that residents need to protect their routers and establish strong passwords to protect their connection.
"It is possible for unauthorized users to access an unsecured Wi-Fi router from 300 feet away or more. Additionally, it is important to set a strong password comprised of at least 12 characters, including upper-case letters, lower-case letters, symbols, and some numbers," Creamer said.