FALL RIVER — A registered sex offender has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to prison in connection with possessing and disseminating child pornography, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.

Andrew N. Roderick, age 38, of New Bedford, pleaded guilty Thursday in Bristol Superior Court to the charges of Second or Subsequent Offense of Possession of Child Pornography (one count) and Dissemination of Child Pornography (two counts). Following the plea, Judge Renee Dupuis sentenced Roderick to five years to five years and a day in state prison on the charge of Second or Subsequent Offense of Possession of Child Pornography concurrent with 10 years of probation on each of the two counts of Dissemination of Child Pornography.

Roderick was arrested in November 2016 by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General’s Office and New Bedford Police.

State Police assigned to the AG’s Office began investigating Roderick after receiving information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about pornographic images uploaded to a device using an IP address traced to Roderick’s residence.

An investigation of all computer systems seized from Roderick’s New Bedford residence during the execution of a search warrant revealed images of child pornography.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Allyson Portney, of AG Healey’s Enterprise, Major and Cyber Crimes Division. It was investigated by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General’s Office, investigators from the AG’s Digital Evidence Lab, with assistance from State Police Assigned to the Bristol District Attorney’s Office and New Bedford Police.

--Office of Attorney General Maura Healey