Rutland man accused of making child pornography
By Patrick McArdle
STAFF WRITER | March 06,2014
A Rutland man, already facing charges of possessing child pornography, is now accused of filming himself subjecting children younger than 16 to nonconsensual sex acts.
Stuart C. Lizotte Jr. was 21 in August when he was charged with one felony count of promoting a sexual recording and four felony charges of possession of child pornography. Now he has been charged with two felony counts of aggravated sexual assault on a child and one count of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child.
Lizotte has pleaded innocent to all charges and is being held at the Rutland prison on $25,000 bail, according to Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell.
Sorrell’s office said the investigation of Lizotte began after his email provider contacted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to report that Lizotte had sent a video of child pornography through his email.
The information was sent to an investigator at Sorrell’s office.
Investigators confirmed that Lizotte had transmitted a video depicting child pornography over the Internet, via email, the attorney general said. Lizotte was allegedly sending the video in an attempt to exchange child pornography with someone else.
Lizotte’s computer was later searched, Sorell said, and investigators found other images of child pornography and the video recording he made of himself sexually abusing children.
Lizotte, who lived in his parents’ house in a back room that was secured by a padlock and an alarm, initially denied in August having the email address in question or using his computers to look at pornography, Sorell said.
However, upon a search of his computer, officers found the initial file along with others containing images of child pornography, police said in August.
Lizotte then admitted to having as many as 100 such files and to trading them with other people over the Internet, the attorney general said.
The investigation involved Sorrell’s office as well as Vermont State Police, the Rutland Office for Special Investigations, South Burlington Police and the Rutland City Police.