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Rhode Island man sentenced for child pornography possession

July 1, 2021 GMT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man found to be in possession of more than 50,000 images and 200 videos of child pornography has been sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

The investigation into Jason P. Muschiano, 39, of Woonsocket, started in November 2018 when a state police investigation into the use of peer-to-peer networks for child exploitation purposes observed an IP address they later determined belonged to Muschiano, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office in Providence.

Police executing a search warrant at Muschiano’s home in February 2019 seized digital storage devices that contained the images and videos, authorities said.

He pleaded guilty in February 2020 to possession of child pornography. In addition to his prison term he was also sentenced to five years of probation following his release, prosecutors said.