PROVIDENCE – A Newport woman who admitted to soliciting and receiving materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors faces between five to twenty years in federal prison when she is sentenced in June, having pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence today to receipt of child pornography.
Karissa A. Cave, 23, admitted to the court that on December 7, 2016, while communicating with another person on Facebook messenger, she requested that the person send her a video depicting an adult engaged in sexually explicit conduct with a female toddler she knew that person possessed.
Cave admitted after receiving the video she asked, “Is there any more?” In return the person sent her an image of prepubescent girls and boys engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
Cave’s guilty plea before U.S. District Court Chief Judge John J. McConnell, Jr., to receipt of child pornography is announced by United States Attorney Aaron L. Weisman, Rhode Island State Police Colonel James M. Manni, and Homeland Security Investigations Acting Special Agent in Charge Jason Molina.
Cave is scheduled to be sentenced on June 16, 2020. At sentencing Cave faces statutory penalties of between five and twenty years imprisonment; five years to lifetime supervised release; and a mandatory $5,000 special assessment imposed as required by the Justice for Victims Trafficking Act in child sexual exploitation cases where the court makes a finding that the defendant is not indigent.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Denise M. Barton.