BRATTLEBORO -- A Dummerston man faces federal criminal charges, after he confessed to an investigator that he was in possession of child pornography.

According to documents filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont, Robert B. Page admitted he used a Yahoo e-mail address to trade child pornography online.

"I tried to stop; I knew it was stupid," Page told the investigator, according to the court documents.

The investigation began in January 2013 when a special agent with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, identified a Missouri resident who was using a European image hosting website to trade images of child pornography. In September 2013, the home of Jody E. Smith, of Pevely, Missouri, was searched by federal agents. Smith admitted to using his computer to view child pornography. During a review of Smith’s computer, agents discovered an e-mail correspondence with attachments between Pevely and a man later identified as Page. The images and videos reviewed by the federal agents depicted prepubescent girls being forced into sexual acts with adults.

On April 30, agents served a search warrant on Page’s apartment on Dummerston Station Road in which his laptop was seized. During an interview at his apartment, Page admitted to trading and viewing child pornography, according to court documents.

Page appeared in federal court in Burlington on May 1 and was released with conditions that he reappear on May 15. In addition, Page must remain at his residence except for work, medical appointments or other activities approved in advance, and was required to wear a location-monitoring device. Page was also restricted from having contact with anyone under the age of 18 and is prohibited from being in any areas where children are likely to congregate.