2 years for ex-officer in child-porn case

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Thursday June 23, 2011

PITTSFIELD -- A former Adams police officer was sentenced on Wednesday to two years in prison and five years of probation for possessing child pornography.

Alan C. Vigiard, 46, of Adams, was sentenced in Berkshire Superior Court on 10 counts of child pornography possession. The sentencing follows Vigiard's guilty plea on May 21. He will serve his sentence in the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction.

Assistant District Attorney Robert W. Kinzer III, who recommended a sentence of between 21 2 to four years and five years, told Judge Daniel Ford that imprisonment was appropriate because sentencing should consider "not really what is best for Mr. Vigiard, but what is best for Berkshire County."

Kinzer went on to say the public needs to know punishment is being meted for Vigiard's activities while he was on duty as a police officer, especially since he had served as child exploitation officer and officer for computer crimes.

Vigiard's attorney, Timothy Shugrue, advocated for home confinement for Vigiard, saying his client was "embarrassed" by his behavior and is receiving counseling and is employed.

But Ford echoed Kinzer's comments in his sentencing, saying the rehabilitation of Vigiard is not the only consideration.

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"There are other factors, including deterrents, and there is the factor of punishment," said Ford.

Vigiard's probation will include conditions of counseling, no possession of a computer or phone with Internet access, no access of pornography or child erotica, and permission for probation to search any computer or media device which could store pornographic materials.

Vigiard, who resigned from the police department after being charged in November 2009, spent between one and six hours per shift downloading and viewing pornography, including child pornography, according to prosecutors.

Vigiard was charged after being confronted with a CD given to the Berkshire District Attorney's Office in October 2009 showing images of child pornography on a police computer in the evidence room. The CD also contained images of a man, later identified as Vigiard, masturbating in the evidence room.

Before receiving his sentence, an emotional Vigiard apologized to the Adams Police Department, the law-enforcement community, the people of Adams, and his family and friends.

He called the situation a "blessing in disguise," saying it "forced me to address my professional and personal issues."

To reach Trevor Jones:
tjones@berkshireeagle.com,
or (413) 528-3660.


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