GREENFIELD MAN CHARGED WITH DISTRIBUTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
BOSTON, Mass. - A Greenfield man was charged yesterday in federal court with distribution of material involving the sexual exploitation of a minor.
LOUIS KEVIN WIEPRECHT, 56, of Greenfield, was charged in a Complaint with one count of distributing material involving the sexual exploitation of a minor. The Complaint alleges that in the Spring of 2009, the Baden-Wuerttemberg State Criminal Police Office (“BWSCPO”) in Germany conducted a search of a peer-to-peer computer network and determined that a computer user had offered a video containing child pornography. The BWSCPO forwarded the information to federal authorities, who determined that the subscriber of Internet service for the computer user was named Kevin Wieprecht. On October 5, 2010, officers executed a search warrant at Wieprecht’s residence, where a HP Pavilion desktop computer, containing numerous video files that appeared to depict child pornography was located. During the execution of the search warrant, Wieprecht agreed to consent to an interview at which time he told agents that, among other things, they would find approximately 100 video files containing children engaged in sexual conduct, such as providing oral sex, which he obtained through peer-to-peer file-sharing on the computer.
If convicted on these charges, Wieprecht faces a mandatory minimum of five years and a maximum of 20 years imprisonment, to be followed by a maximum lifetime of supervised release and a maximum fine of $250,000.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Bruce Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven H. Breslow of Ortiz’s Springfield Branch Office.
The details contained in the complaint are allegations. The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.