Colchester man faces federal child porn possession charge

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 By COLIN FLANDERS

A Colchester man faces a federal charge for possessing child pornography, the Department of Justice announced Thursday.

A federal grand jury indicted Christopher Loomis, 26, on August 11 after a multi-year investigation by federal agents, a press release said.

The investigation began after Loomis signed up to a foreign website used to store and exchange child pornography, the release said. Agents then seized Loomis’ computer and multiple hard drives, revealing a “significant number of child pornography files,” including minors under age 12 engaging in sexually explicit conduct, the release continued.

Law enforcement agents from Homeland Security Investigations, the Vermont Attorney General’s Office and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force assisted in the investigation.

The prosecution, led by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kunal Pasricha, is part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide DOJ initiative aimed at protecting children from online exploitation and abuse.

If convicted, Loomis faces up to 20 years in prison and up to lifetime-supervised release. He is expected to be arraigned in U.S. District Court in Burlington on August 25.