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Newtown Connecticut Man Accussed of Producing Child Pornography of 4 Year Old

According to an indictment that was unsealed in federal court, a 28-year-old Newtown, Connecticut man has been charged with sexually abusing a 4-year-old girl and maintaining films of the alleged abuse. David  B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut,  announced that a federal grand jury sitting in New Haven has returned an  indictment charging Edward F. Wilson with one count of production  of child pornography, one count of receipt and distribution of child  pornography, and one count of possession of child pornography. The  indictment was returned on Aug. 9, but ws only unsealed today during Wilson's arraignment before United States  Magistrate Judge Thomas P. Smith in Hartford. The indictment alleges that, in approximately 2011 and  2012, Wilson sexually abused a 4-year-old girl, filmed and photographed the  abuse, and maintained the videos and images on his home computer.

In addition to filming, photographing, and maintaining  videos and images of the sexual abuse that he inflicted on the female  child, the district attorney's office says it is alleged that Wilson downloaded and traded via email  hundreds of other images and videos of child pornography. It is further alleged that he maintained his collection of child pornography in  his online email account and on his home computers.If convicted of the charge of production of child  pornography, Wilson faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 15  years and a maximum term of imprisonment of 30 years. The charge of  receipt and distribution of child pornography carries a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 5 years and a maximum term  of imprisonment of 20 years. The charge of possession of child  pornography carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.Wilson has been detained in state custody since his arrest  on April 13, for first-degree possession of child pornography,  obscenity, and promoting a minor in an obscene performance. On July 10, he was arrested on 22 additional state charges, including six counts of first-degree sexual assault, five  counts of fourth-degree sexual assault, and 11 counts of risk of  injury.U.S.  Attorney Fein stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and each defendant is presumed innocent  unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.This case is being investigated by the Connecticut State  Police Computer Crimes Unit, the Newtown Police Department, the Federal  Bureau of Investigation and the Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force,  which includes federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant  United States Attorney Neeraj Patel.This prosecution is part of the U.S. Department of  Justice's Project Safe Childhood Initiative, and the District of  Connecticut's "Operation Constant Vigilance," which are aimed at  protecting children from sexual abuse and exploitation.The above report is based on a press release from the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut.

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