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Portsmouth Man Snared in Statewide Child Porn, Child Exploitation Sweep

Members of the Computer Crimes Unit and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force rounded up nine Rhode Island men after an undercover investigation.

A 20-year-old Portsmouth Man is among nine people caught up in a statewide sweep cracking down on child exploitation and child pornography.

The State Police announced the arrest of Nolan Ross, 20, of 53 Seacrest Drive, Portsmouth, along with six other people who allegedly possessed or transmitted child pornography after a joint task force investigation between the state police, the United States Marshals and the Secret Service.

Members of the Computer Crimes Unit and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force went undercover to identify the suspects and on Tuesday morning, federal, state and local officials executed search warrants at houses across the state.

Police seized digital media "which contained evidence related to the victimization of children and technology-facilitated crimes," State Police Superintendent Col. Steven G. O'Donnell said in a statement.

The investigation "identified the alleged owners of digital media containing pornographic images and videos of children," O'Donnell said.

Along with Ross, who was released on $10,000 recognizance after arraignment in Fourth Division District Court on Tuesday, police charged the following:

Gregory Wagner, 29, 2 O'Donnell Avenue, Unit #3, Warwick was arraigned in Third Division District Court where bail was set $20,000 personal recognizance. 

Christopher Skinner, 25, 4 Collyer Street, Providence was arraigned in Sixth Division District Court where bail was set on the new charges of $5,000 with surety. He was held as a Superior Court probation violator relating to a previous charge of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. 

Enrique Rodriguez, 40, 282 Asylum Avenue, Woonsocket was arraigned in Sixth Division District Court where bail was set $10,000 personal recognizance. 

Andrew Fontaine, 26, 4 Shane Drive, West Warwick was arraigned in Third Division District Court where bail was set $20,000 personal recognizance. 

Richard Dias, 60, of 227 South Clarendon St., Cranston, was arraigned in Third Division District Court where bail was set $10,000 personal recognizance. 

Joshua Martenson, 33, 856 Smith Street, Unit #1, Providence was arraigned in Sixth Division District Court where bail was set $100,000 personal recognizance.

Everyone was ordered to have no contact with minors or the Internet.

Police said Skinner and Martenson are registered sex offenders.

A Providence man, David Harris, 60, of 45 Taft Ave., Providence, was arrested for indecent solicitation of a minor and third degree sexual assault in connection with a Foster Police investigation prompted by a complaint alleging solicitation of a 14-year-old girl for sexual purposes. He was released on $10,000 surety bail and ordered not to contact minors or use the Internet.

Police also charged Eduardo Guzman, 20, of 218 Pleasant St., Providence, with video voyeurism after a task force investigation showed he recorded a woman in the bathroom and bedroom of his house without her knowledge or consent. That arrest came after a prior investigation and arrest for possession of child pornography when police searched his seized computer equipment.

Guzman was released on $5,000 personal recognizance after his Sixth Division District Court arraignment with special conditions that he not contact minors or the Internet.
FYI May 09, 2014 at 04:32 PM
PS the entire "New Testament" was written within 70 yrs after Jesus' death, so you ARE wrong once again JC. All of the "New Testament" was written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, James, Peter, and Jude. All of them knew Jesus personally and are i-witness accounts of Jesus' life and death. You cannot get closer to the Truth than that!!!
FYI May 09, 2014 at 04:33 PM
PSS James and Jude were Jesus' half-brothers too!
Not my first rodeo June 25, 2014 at 07:03 PM
Lol alot of jesus talk on a child porn article...,makes sense though
John Flanders June 26, 2014 at 03:41 PM
This behavior is one of the most despicable, deplorable, and it is true that the "Internet" has opened up a potential for these dark side activities. We should be thankful that there are agencies such as Members of the Computer Crimes Unit and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force to protect our children against predatory people. Having known someone who was grouped in with a sweep in the past, and no evidence was every found to support the charges against this person, it was obvious that they ruined this person's name by printing it in every paper that they can possibly find and every online new place like patch.com. Now, forensic investigation into all of the confiscated computers, cell phones and any other Internet capable devices, turned up nothing. No pictures, no mail pictures, no evidence of any participation in this "so called" child porn ring. Not only did they break down his door at 4 in the morning, they treated this happily married father of 2 grown children like a hardened criminal. Now that they can't come up with any reason to charge him, they still have no obligation or will they print any type of apology, or admission of their mistake. They are too proud and too above the law to vindicate an innocent citizen. It doesn't look good to do that. So, if the above named have had all of their stuff confiscated, don't worry, the officials will find it no matter where it is hidden. You can't cheat the forensic data scrutiny. But, if like the person I know, they find no supporting evidence, then these law enforcement agencies have a duty to vindicate the innocent by printing a retraction and a clearance of their good names. If they find what they are looking for, then throw the book at them.

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