The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont said Scott Remick, 46, of Bristol, Vt., Was indicted by a criminal complaint in United States District Court in Burlington, Vt. Vermont, for one count of possession of child pornography. Remick made his first appearance to respond to the complaint on July 8, 2021, before U.S. trial judge Kevin J. Doyle. On July 9, 2021, Judge Doyle denied the government’s request for detention and ordered Remick’s release on conditions. Remick is scheduled to appear in Federal Court on July 26, 2021.
According to court records and proceedings, on June 16, 2021, an information source (SOI), who is a private software developer and security analyst, and who is one of a group of people involved in the analysis of ‘specific software with a security vulnerability, identified a computer with the security vulnerability (the target computer). SOI accessed the target computer, including the contents of an encrypted volume mounted on it. SOI viewed some of the image files in this container and discovered that they represented child pornography. SOI also created a text file that contained the directories and file names of the files located in the encrypted volume. The file names indicated that the files contained sexually explicit content involving children.
SOI reported its findings to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and the Vermont State Police (VSP). VSP contacted special agents from the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). After HSI spoke to SOI and conducted further investigation of the alleged target computer user, Scott Remick, officers obtained a warrant to remotely search information stored electronically at Remick’s residence, and a second warrant to search Remick’s residence.
On July 3, 2021, HSI agents executed the remote search warrant and recovered child pornography images, as well as items associated with Remick. On July 7, 2021, HSI agents executed the search warrant at Remick’s home. Officers determined that a self-constructed computer at the residence was the same one searched pursuant to the remote search warrant. Officers found additional images of child pornography on the computer they built themselves.
Acting US lawyer Jonathan A. Ophardt stressed that the accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty. If convicted, Remick’s sentence will be determined by US sentencing guidelines and the impact, if any, of any mandatory minimum jail time applicable to any count.
Acting US Attorney Ophardt praised Homeland Security Investigations’ efforts in the Remick investigation.
Barbara A. Masterson, Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Vermont, is handling the prosecution of Remick. The Vermont District Federal Public Defender’s Office has been appointed to represent Remick.
Acting US Attorney Ophardt noted that the case was brought under Project Safe Childhood, a national initiative to address the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the ministry. of Justice. Led by the United States Prosecutor’s Offices and the Child Exploitation Obscenity Section, Criminal Division (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood mobilizes federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information on the Safe Childhood Project, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.