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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

BOSTON, Mass. - A Dedham man was indicted today on child pornography charges.

DONALD F. SLASON, 57, was charged in a indictment with transportation of child pornography and possession of child pornography.

The indictment alleges that Slason knowingly transported child pornography in 2007, and possessed child pornography in 2008. The images transported and possessed by Slason contained visual depictions of minors under the age of 18 engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

If convicted on these charges, Slason faces up to 20 years imprisonment for transportation of child pornography, and ten years imprisonment for possession of child pornography to be followed by up to lifetime supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Bruce M. Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of the Homeland Security Investigations of the Department of Homeland Security in Boston, made the announcement today. The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and Dedham Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Yoon of Ortiz's Major Crimes Unit and Trial Attorney Bonnie Kane of the Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation & Obscenity Section.

The details contained in the indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In 2006, the Department of Justice created Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys' Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit


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