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Registered Sex Offender Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Possessing Child Pornography

PROVIDENCE, RI – A registered sex offender on federal supervised release who was found to be in possession of child pornography less than 5 months after completing a 7-year federal prison sentence on child pornography charges has been sentenced to 120 months in federal prison.

During a routine home visit on January 24, 2018, a United States probation officer observed inappropriate materials on a cell phone belonging to Robert L. MacGregor, 56, of Providence. A forensic examination of the cell phone by members of the Rhode Island State Police Internet Crimes Against Children (RI ICAC) task force determined that MacGregor was in possession of approximately 100 images of child pornography.

MacGregor was arrested on February 7, 2018, by members of the ICAC task force and agents from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). He pleaded guilty on September 27, 2018, to possession of child pornography.

At sentencing, on January 11, 2019, U.S. District Court Chief Judge William E. Smith also ordered MacGregor to serve a term of lifetime supervised release upon completion of his term of incarceration. MacGregor pleaded guilty on September 27, 2018, to possession of child pornography.

MacGregor’s sentence is announced by United States Attorney Aaron L. Weisman, Special Agent in Charge of HSI for New England Peter C. Fitzhugh, and Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police Colonel Ann C. Assumpico.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John P. McAdams.

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