Former Bristol Resident Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Charges

“A former Bristol resident pleaded guilty to child pornography charges on Nov. 2.

According to the release from Attorney General’s office, former Bristol resident Jonathan Comeau, 63, pleaded guilty before Superior Court Justice Netti C. Vogel to two counts of transmission of child pornography, two counts of possession of child pornography, and one count of manufacturing child pornography.

The release goes on to state that Justice Vogel sentenced Comeau to seven years with 18 months to serve and the remainder suspended with probation.

Upon release, Comeau will be forced to register as a sex offender and cannot reside with any children 17 years of age or younger or have any unsupervised contact with any children 17 years of age or younger. He must also agree to not possess, own or use any mobile devices that has Internet access, and must attend sex offender counseling sessions.

According to the release, the State was prepared to prove Comeau manufactured, was in possession of and transmitted sexually explicit images of minor children had the case continued to trial.

Detective John Alfred of the Rhode Island State Police Computer Crimes Unit led the investigation. Assistant Attorney General Ronald Gendron handled the prosecution on behalf of the Office of Attorney General. Comeau, who is currently residing in Gaffney, SC, will surrender himself to the Department of Corrections on January 4, 2012 to begin his sentence.”

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Child pornography is considered a sex crime in the State of Rhode Island, and a conviction can result in imprisonment, heavy fines, probation, lifetime registration as a sex offender, social stigma, and a limitation on personal liberties.

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