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May 15, 2008
Middletown man gets 18 years on child porn charges
PROVIDENCE -- A Middletown man was sentenced today to 18 years in federal prison for producing and possessing child pornography after the mother of the two victims told the judge before the sentence: "Their innocence is gone."
Barry Zurybida, 51, received the 220-month sentence from U.S. District Judge Ernest C. Torres, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Robert Clark Corrente.
Prosecutor Terrence P. Donnelly said at the plea hearing the government could show that between September 2005 and early 2007 Zurybida occasionally took care of two girls between ages 4 and 7. In January 2007, the girls disclosed that Zurybida had taken photos of them "after directing them to expose their genitals," the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
The victims’ mother told Judge Torres, according to the news release, that their innocence was gone, “never to come back, regardless of the amount of therapy sessions we go through. Innocence -- purity -- can never return. It’s gone.”
In June, FBI agents and Middletown police said they used a search warrant at Zurybida’s house and seized a computer and a digital camera. Subsequently, a FBI Computer Analysis and Response Team investigation found that the computer’s hard drive contained sexually explicit images of the girls, and that data in the image files linked them to the camera seized in Zurybida’s house. The hard drive also contained child pornography not produced by Zurybida.
FBI and police arrested Zurybida at his home in June, and he pleaded guilty in December to two counts of photographing minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, and one count of possessing child pornography, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
-- projo.com staff writer Michael P. McKinney
The 220-month sentence is about three years longer than the minimum required by federal law for Zurybida’s offenses. When he pleaded guilty in December, Zurybida admitted that he had also touched the girls sexually, a factor that enhanced his sentence under federal guidelines.
Torres also imposed lifetime court supervision on Zurybida after his release from prison, and set conditions prohibiting his interaction with children and use of the Internet.
State child molestation charges are also pending against Zurybida.
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