Woonsocket Man to Serve 5 Years in Federal Prison for Possession of Child Porn

Friday, April 07, 2017


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A Woonsocket man is going to serve five years in federal prison after he was found with possession of child pornography inside his home.  

Jose Marquez Escarcega, 29, was sentenced to five years in federal prison on Thursday for possession of child pornography. He was also ordered to served 20 years supervised release upon completion of his prison term. 

The sentence was announced by acting United States Attorney Stephen Dambruch; Rhode Island State Police Superintendent Ann C Assumpico; and Matthew J. Etre, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for New England.

The Investigation 

According to information presented to the court, in July of 2014, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children told the Rhode Island State Police Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force that someone at Escarcega’s residence downloaded child pornography. Based on information developed during a subsequent investigation by the ICAC Task Force and HSI, a court authorized search was executed on October 2, 2014, at Escarcega’s residence.

A forensic analysis of a computer owned by Escarcega and seized by investigators revealed approximately 450 images and 40 videos of child pornography. 

Investigators also recovered evidence that Escarcega had contacted and paid an individual in the Philippines to provide him with a live video feed as a prepubescent female was molested.


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