RUTLAND — A 50-year-old St. Johnsbury man was sentenced for a child pornography offense on Wednesday.
Police say Tony Cuthbertson was sentenced to serve 96 months in prison after his guilty plea to one count of knowingly producing with intent to distribute child pornography that is an adapted or morphed depiction of an identifiable minor.
The judge also ordered Cuthbertson to serve a 10 year term of supervised release, and to pay a $100 special assessment.
According to court records and proceedings, in September and October of 2017, Cuthbertson uploaded images to multiple chat rooms.
Police say he produced these images by cropping images that depicted identifiable minors such that various aspects of the images were highlighted and the child appeared to be engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
These images depicted child pornography and Cuthbertson produced them with the intention of distributing them.
U.S. Attorney Nolan noted that this prosecution is part of the U.S. Department of Justice Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.
Led by the U.S. Attorney’s Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims.