VSP issues press release on Rutland police porn probe
The Vermont State Police issued the following update Friday afternoon regarding the ongoing investigation into the Rutland Police Department.
STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
DIVISION OF STATE POLICE
** PRESS RELEASE **
DATE OF RELEASE: February 12, 2010
ISSUED BY: Sgt. Tara Thomas, Public Information Officer
INCIDENT: Rutland City Police Department Investigation
In light of the substantial public interest surrounding the search warrant identified as Warrant No. SW-55-9-09 and executed at the Rutland City Police Department on September 22, 2009, the Vermont State Police would like to provide a brief update regarding the status of the investigation. Below is the information that will be provided at this time:
1. As stated in the affidavit of probable cause attached to the search warrant, images of child pornography were discovered on the work computer initially seized at the beginning of this investigation. As a result of a forensic exam, there is insufficient evidence to indicate that the images were knowingly and intentionally downloaded.
2. Investigators have consulted with a medical expert regarding the possible age of an individual depicted in certain digital images that were seized by Vermont State Police detectives on September 22nd, 2009. The medical expert has indicated that he cannot say that the individual depicted is under the age of 16.
3. The criminal investigation in this matter being conducted by the Vermont State Police, in conjunction with the Attorney General's Office is on-going. All media inquires pertaining to this investigation need to be directed to the Attorney General's Office Criminal Division.