Foster man arrested for possession of child pornography

Foster man arrested for possession of child pornography

FOSTER – Police have announced the July 18 arrest of a 31-year-old Foster man on charges of possession and transfer of child pornography.

Derek J. Holland, of 21 Thomas Parker Road, was arrested by members of the Rhode Island State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, according to the report, and arraigned Friday morning in Third Division District Court. He faces up to $10,000 in fines and up to 20 years imprisonment if convicted of both crimes.

Following the recently-initiated undercover investigation of individuals trading images and videos of child pornography on the Internet, the connection at Holland's home address was identified as being used to download images of alleged child pornography, the report states.

ICAC Task Force members then executed a search warrant on July 18, identifying child pornography on a computer within the home, and Holland as the owner of the computer and alleged videos of child pornography, police said.

A person found guilty of possession of child pornography faces a fine of up to $5,000, or five years in prison, or both, the report states. Someone found guilty of transferring the images faces a fine of up to $5,000, or 15 years of jail time, or both.

The ICAC Task Force, administered by the Rhode Island State Police, supports a national network of multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task forces engaged in investigations, forensic examinations, and prosecutions related to Internet crimes against children and technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation.

The R.I. ICAC Task Force is comprised of members from the Rhode Island State Police Computer Crimes Unit, special agents from Homeland Security Investigations and United States Postal Inspection Services, along with detectives from the police departments in Coventry, Warwick, Pawtucket, North Kingstown, Portsmouth, Bristol, South Kingstown and Woonsocket.