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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Vermont

For Immediate Release

January 8, 2013

Tristram Coffin, United States Attorney

Contact: Public Information Officer
(802) 951-6725

Dennis Wayne Balwin, of Barre, Vermont, Sentenced to 87 Months in Prison for Possession of Child Pornography and Possession of Firearms

Tristram J. Coffin, the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont, stated that Dennis Wayne Baldwin, 52, of 114 Park Street, Barre, Vermont, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Court Judge William K. Sessions, III, to 87 months in prison for the possession of child pornography and possession of firearms. He was also sentenced to five years of supervised release to be served after the completion of his term in prison.

According to Court records, Baldwin was receiving, possessing, and distributing child pornography with peer–to–peer (file sharing) software that he had installed on his computers. Baldwin possessed thousands of videos and images containing child pornography. Baldwin, who was a convicted felon, also possessed seven firearms, including pistols and rifles, together with ammunition even though he was prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition.

Baldwin was arrested on February 28, 2012 and a Complaint was filed against him on February 29, 2012. He appeared before the district court on February 29, 2012 at which time he was detained. He was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 8, 2012. He pled guilty to both the child pornography and firearms charges on August 22, 2012. Baldwin has been detained in prison since February 29, 2012.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). The United States Attorney, Tristram J. Coffin, commends those agencies for their work. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney, Nancy J. Creswell. Baldwin was represented by Attorney Steven Barth of the Office of the Federal Defender.