Wilmington man sentenced for child pornography

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WILMINGTON — A federal investigation led to the second arrest and conviction of a local man for having child pornography.

Donald Ray Boles, 59, of Wilmington, was sentenced Monday to serve 10 years in federal prison after he was convicted at trial for possession of child pornography. He also will serve a 10-year period of supervised release and pay a $100 special assessment.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation had executed a warrant to search Boles' residence on Sept. 6, 2011, according to a press release from the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont.

"During the search, numerous computers and other digital media were seized," the press release stated. "During a forensic examination conducted by the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, approximately 140 images of child pornography were found on various computers and hard drives from the residence. Boles' computers also contained thousands of images of child erotica, as well as sexually explicit cartoons, anime and graphic stories. The computers also revealed that Boles communicated over the internet with other offenders about their shared interest in preschool and toddler girls."

Boles has been convicted of child pornography possession once before. The U.S. States Attorney office said in 1999, U.S.Customs Service agents executed a search warrant of Boles' residence for child pornography. Boles ended up pleading guilty to one count of possession of child pornography in U.S. District Court in Vermont. In June 2001, Boles was ordered to serve 15 months in jail then two years of supervised release.

In the press release, Acting United States Attorney Eugenia A.P. Cowles applauded the efforts of the FBI, the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the New York State Police in the investigation and prosecution of Boles. The prosecution is part of the U.S. Department of Justice's Project Safe Childhood, which is a nationwide initiative aimed at protecting children from online exploitation and abuse.

On Tuesday, Boles submitted a notice of appeal for the sentencing.

Reach staff writer Chris Mays at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or @CMaysBR.

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