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Warwick Man Sentenced for Possessing Child Pornography Downloaded from the Dark Web

PROVIDENCE – A Warwick man who purchased, downloaded, and concealed videos of child pornography he obtained from the dark web with the use of bitcoin was sentenced today to 42 months in federal prison.

According to court documents, beginning in May 2017, Stephen P. Langlois, Jr., 34, used bitcoin to subscribe to an overseas child pornography website from which he acquired and downloaded more than 100 videos of child pornography. Some of these videos included sadistic depictions of children engaged in sexual activity. Langlois concealed the videos in a music folder on his laptop.

Langlois pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence on January 2, 2019, to possession of child pornography. He was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Chief Judge William E. Smith to 42 months in federal prison to be followed by 10 years supervised release, and ordered to pay a mandatory assessment of $5,000 as provided for in the Justice for Victims Trafficking Act.

Langlois’ sentence is announced by United States Attorney Aaron L. Weisman, Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge Peter C. Fitzhugh, Special Agent in Charge of Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Kristina O’Connell, and Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police Colonel James M. Manni.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sandra R. Hebert.

The matter was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, and the Rhode Island State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

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