Prison sentence for child porn possession

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BENNINGTON — A local man has received a prison sentence after admitting to possessing child pornography.

Derek Vince, 40, was arrested last winter after an investigation by Bennington police and the FBI.

Vince pleaded guilty in Bennington criminal court on Jan. 11 to six felony counts of possessing child pornography.

Vermont Superior Court Judge William D. Cohen, during a hearing in the same court on Tuesday, accepted a sentence stipulated in a plea agreement. Vince received two consecutive one-to-four year sentences on two counts, which will run concurrent to one-to-four year sentences on the remaining four counts, all with with credit for time served.

An FBI agent contacted Bennington police last February after Vince used an application on a mobile device to message a woman and send her a photo of a nude child. According to a court affidavit, Vince told her he wanted to have sex with her and a child.

Vince, in an interview with police, described the conversation "as being fantasy or role playing and said he would never actually follow through with doing something like that," the affidavit states. Vince acknowledged what he was doing was wrong and told officers that he did not know the child and that he had downloaded the picture from the internet.

Investigators executed search warrants at his Browning Place apartment. More than 50 images depicting sexual conduct by children were found on a memory card. Three videos were found on a thumb drive.

There was no indication that Vince had direct sexual contact with a child.

Under a plea agreement, the state dismissed six felony and five misdemeanor counts of possessing child pornography, and single felony counts of promoting a sexual recording and attempting to incite another person to commit a felony.

Vince had been held for lack of $100,000 bail since his arraignment on Feb. 28, 2017.

Deputy State's Attorney Alexander Burke prosecuted the case. Vince was represented by Christopher Montgomery.

Ed Damon can be reached at edamon@benningtonbanner.com, at @edamon_banner on Twitter and 802-447-7567, ext. 111.


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