Boston...A Dalton man was charged late yesterday in federal court with distributing child pornography.
Jared Sprague, 25, was charged in a criminal complaint with distributing material involving the sexual exploitation of a minor.
On Oct. 6, 2012 federal agents used a computer program to conduct search for individuals engaged in receiving, possessing, and distributing child pornography over a peer-to-peer filing sharing (“P2P”) network. The complaint alleges that the program successfully downloaded five files of child pornography from an IP address that agents later determined was connected to a residence in Dalton, Mass. On Nov. 26, a search warrant at the residence was executed, where a computer containing numerous files of child pornography, including the five files previously downloaded, was recovered. During the execution of the search warrant, Sprague admitted that he downloaded child pornography using the P2P network.
If convicted, Sprague faces a mandatory minimum of five years and a maximum of 20 years in prison, to be followed by up to a lifetime of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Bruce M. Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston made the announcement. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven H. Breslow of Ortiz’s Springfield 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.