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February 13, 2014

Rockville man sentenced to 10 years in federal prison

ROCKVILLE — A Rockville man has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison after admitting that he possessed child pornography and illegally accessed a protected computer.

Bradley M. Vandivier, 28, was also sentenced to lifetime supervised release at the end of his prison term, and he also must comply with state and federal requirements as a registered sexual offender.

U.S. Attorney Joseph H. Hogsett announced the sentencing as a result of Operation Community Watch, a federal effort that aims to reduce the abuse of Hoosier children through innovative investigative techniques and aggressive prosecution.

According to court records, on March 15, 2013, detectives from the Indiana State Police were checking for compliance with Indiana’s sex offender registry at Vandivier’s residence on Erie Street in Rockville. Detectives asked Vandivier if they could look around his house, and he invited them inside but informed them he was going to let his dogs out first. Rather than let his dogs out, however, detectives said they observed the defendant enter a room and close the door.

After calling Vandivier out of the room and conducting further investigation, detectives located a laptop computer inside the room, hidden under a blanket at the foot of a chair. It was later revealed that the defendant had been utilizing a neighbor’s wireless Internet network in an effort to obtain child pornography. A forensic investigation has revealed hundreds of videos and images of child pornography on the laptop, including depictions of sexual abuse against children younger than age 7.

The case against Vandivier was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse. The project was launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.

Hogsett said that in the last Project Safe Childhood reporting year, his office prosecuted 52 defendants, an increase of 37 percent more than the prior year; 49 defendants were convicted and sentenced.  

But the greatest measure of the PSC program’s impact, Hogsett said, is the identification and rescue of child victims of sexual exploitation and abuse. Over the last two years, his office identified more than 120 child victims, including minors in Indiana, numerous places in the United States, Canada, Switzerland and elsewhere around the world.

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