Man gets up to 10 years probation for child porn

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BENNINGTON — A Pageant Street man who was found to have downloaded child pornography has been sentenced to up to 10 years probation and ordered to register as a sex offender.

Jeffrey Bombard, 72, pleaded guilty in Vermont Superior Court on Friday to three felony charges of "promote sexual recording-visual."

Bombard was cited by police last year following a monthlong probe by the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, who were able to download child pornography from his computer using a "peer to peer" file sharing network.

In his affidavit, Detective Robert Snetsinger, a criminal investigator with the state Office of the Attorney General, wrote that he was using computer software last November to track the sharing of child pornography files.

Snetsinger found an Internet protocol (IP) address in Bennington that had downloaded at least 50 known pornographic files; he was able to download eight from the user. The files contained video recordings of children, some estimated to be as young as 10, engaging in sex acts with other children and sometimes adults, according to the affidavit.

Investigators traced the computer's IP address to Bombard's home and executed a search warrant on Dec. 16, 2014.

Bombard answered authorities' questions, but refused to let anyone inside and, when police threatened to put him in handcuffs, responded by saying he has guns and will defend his house. When Bombard attempted to close the door, Snetsinger pushed his way inside, forced Bombard against a wall, and brought him to the ground, where he placed him in handcuffs.

While being questioned, Bombard acknowledged multiple times that he had downloaded files of child pornography due to curiosity.

Bombard's computer was seized by investigators, who found three videos of child pornography.

Under the plea agreement accepted by Judge Cortland T. Corsones, Bombard must complete a program for sex offenders and have his probation officer monitor his computer usage.

Bombard was ordered to stay away from youth under 16 years old and from being near places where children are congregating, including parks, playgrounds and schools, unless approved by his probation officer. He is also prohibited from: Viewing pornography; accessing pornographic web sites or files; possessing a smart phone without a probation officer's permission; going to adult book stores, sex shops, and topless bars; and possessing any firearms.

A charge of possessing child pornography and a charge of impeding a public officer were dismissed by the state.

Bombard was not arrested at the scene of the search, but was later ordered to come to court on a citation.

Contact Edward Damon at 413-770-6979


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