COVENTRY— A local man who was arrested in 2012 for child pornography was convicted and found guilty by a federal court jury in Providence on Monday.
Gerald Silva, 59, of Coventry was convicted on six counts of receiving child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.
Silva, a former state probation officer assigned to the sex offender unit, was originally arrested in September 2012 following a joint investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Toronto Police Service.
The investigation, dubbed “Operation Spade,” resulted in the discovery of 10,000 customers who had purchased videos of child pornography from the Toronto company.
According to a release from U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha, Toronto Police executed a search warrant of Azov Films, which was producing child pornography and selling them to more than 90 countries.
The business records the police obtained revealed that Silva was a customer.
The evidence collected by the police showed that between October 2011 and April 2012, Silva purchased 75 different videos of child pornography in 22 separate orders totaling $1,589.
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