Joseph Grossman, 40, pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography after he was caught sending the lewd images to undercover detectives online, authorities said.

Atlanta man pleads guilty to distributing child porn

An Atlanta man could be headed to federal prison for sending pornographic images of children to people across the country, according to justice department officials in Rhode Island.

Joseph Grossman, 40, pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography after he was caught sending the lewd images to undercover detectives online, authorities said

He was arrested in February when investigators in Rhode Island contacted the Department of Homeland Security. Authorities searched Grossman’s home, seized several electronic devices and reviewed his email and online activity. They were able to identify other people across the country with whom he shared child porn.

The investigation into Grossman began one month earlier when a member of Rhode Island’s internet crimes against children unit befriended Grossman online after setting up a profile on a social networking site targeting the “fetish and kinky” community, authorities said. 

Grossman sent the detective about 40 images of child pornography in a series of online conversations, detectives said. According to the Department of Justice, distributing child porn is punishable by up to two decades in federal prison.

Grossman’s sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 15. 

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