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Convicted sex offender charged with child porn possession

July 26, 2020 GMT

UNDERHILL, Vt. (AP) — A convicted Vermont sex offender has been charged with possessing child pornography.

U.S. Attorney for Vermont Christina Nolan said Ryan Beaulieu, 43, of Underhill, was arrested Friday and charged with possession of child pornography.

Nolan’s office said the state’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force received information from an unnamed social media company and the FBI that Beaulieu was distributing child pornography online.

Authorities executing a search warrant at Beaulieu’s residence Friday found numerous images and videos of child pornography on Beaulieu’s devices.

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Among them were recordings of video-chat sessions in which Beaulieu directed young girls to expose their private parts to him, prosecutors said.

Beaulieu was convicted of lewd and lascivious conduct in 2013 for conduct related to the sexual abuse of a child, according to Nolan’s office.

He appeared Friday in Burlington federal court and was ordered detained pending a detention hearing. If convicted, he faces up to ten years in prison.

Beaulieu was represented by the federal public defender’s office for his initial appearance, but has not yet retained counsel, Nolan’s office said.

But in interviews with law enforcement, Beaulieu admitted to having accessed child pornography on his electronic devices, Nolan’s office said.

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