Former Smithfield resident nabbed for child porn

Former Smithfield resident nabbed for child porn

PROVIDENCE – A Cranston man on Friday admitted in federal court to possessing nearly 1,500 videos and more than 240 images of child pornography.

Justin Mierisch, formerly of Smithfield, was arrested last September after an investigation by the Rhode Island State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force determined that since at least April 28, 2015, and continuing through Sept. 17, 2018, Mierisch possessed hundreds of images and more than 1,500 videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

According to court documents and information presented to the court, the ICAC investigation determined that Mierisch had images of child pornography while living in Smithfield and while living at his present residence in Cranston.

On Sept. 17, 2018, members of the ICAC Task Force executed a court-authorized search of Mierisch’s Cranston home and seized his electronic storage devices. A forensic audit of his property revealed 1,477 videos and 242 images of child pornography.

Appearing Friday before U.S. District Court Judge John McConnell Jr., Mierisch pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Aaron L. Weisman, Rhode Island State Police Superintendent Col. James M. Manni, and Homeland Security Investigations Acting Special Agent in Charge Jason Molina.

Mierisch is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 4, 2020.

This Project Safe Childhood case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise Barton.