Boston - A Holbrook man was charged today in federal court with receipt and possession of child pornography.
Edward F. Cousens, 66, was charged in a criminal complaint with receipt and possession of child pornography. It is alleged that Cousens knowingly received and possessed films depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. According to court documents between March 2008 and September 2012, Cousens purchased and ordered over 60 DVDs of child pornography online.
Cousens is a part-time accountant at Wediko Children’s Services in Boston. Cousens admitted that in the past he was a Big Brother to several adolescent males.
If convicted, Cousens faces a mandatory minimum of five years and up to 20 years in prison, to be followed by up to lifetime supervised release and a $250,000 fine.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Robert Bethel, U.S. Postal Inspector in Charge, Boston Division; and Chief William D. Marble, Jr., of Holbrook Police Department made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Richardson of Ortiz's Major Crimes Unit.
Members of the public who have questions, concerns or information regarding this case should call 617-748-3274, and messages will be promptly returned.
The case is brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In February 2006, the Department of Justice created Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.
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.
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