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South Royalton Resident Sentenced to Probation for Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Material

May 22, 2024

The Attorney General’s Office announced that Richard Irish, 57, of South Royalton, Vermont, was sentenced today in Vermont Superior Court, Windsor Criminal Division, after pleading guilty to one count of felony Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Material.

The Court, Judge Heather Gray presiding, sentenced the defendant by agreement to 10 years of probation with conditions that restrict his access to the internet and contact with minors.  If Mr. Irish violates the terms of his probation, he may face up to 5 years in jail. Mr. Irish is also required to register as a sex offender until 10 years have elapsed after the completion of his sentence.

VT-ICAC investigates cases of child sexual exploitation occurring over the internet, including the production and online distribution of child sexual abuse materials. VT-ICAC also provides forensic examination services, technical assistance, law enforcement training, and public education and outreach.

Every child deserves a safe childhood. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) is the nation’s centralized reporting system for the online exploitation of children. Anyone can make reports of suspected online enticement of children for sexual acts, child sexual molestation, child sexual abuse material, child sex tourism, child sex trafficking, unsolicited obscene materials sent to a child, misleading domain names, and misleading words or digital images on the internet. To make a report, call the 24-hour call center at 1-800-843-5678 or visit

Additionally, if you are recovering from child sexual exploitation, you do not have to navigate it alone. NCMEC can help with emotional and peer support, removing content from the internet, and locating mental health professionals. For more information, please visit or call the 24-hour call center at 1-800-843-5678.



CONTACT:   Lauren Jandl, Chief of Staff, 802-828-3171