Boston...An Adams man was charged late yesterday in federal court with receipt of material involving the sexual exploitation of a minor.
William Guinan, 53, was charged in a criminal complaint with one count of receiving material involving the sexual exploitation of a minor.
It is alleged that on Oct. 7 and Oct. 8, 2012, federal agents conducted an investigation into individuals engaged in receiving, possessing, and distributing child pornography over a peer-to-peer filing sharing (“P2P”) network. During the course of the investigation, agents downloaded several files of child pornography from an IP Address that was later determined to be connected to a residence in Adams, Mass. On Nov. 29, 2012, a search warrant was executed at the residence and a computer containing numerous files of child pornography, including three downloaded video files, were recovered. During the execution of the search warrant, Guinan agreed to an interview with agents and stated that he downloaded these three files of child pornography using the P2P network.
If convicted, Guinan faces a mandatory minimum of five years and up to 20 years in prison to be followed by up to a lifetime of supervised release and a $250,000.00 fine.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Bruce Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston made the announcement today. Assistance was also provided by the Massachusetts State Police and the Adams Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven H. Breslow of Ortiz’s Springfield Branch Office.
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.