BOSTON - An Andover man was charged late yesterday in federal court with receipt of child pornography.
William S. Thomas, 64, was arrested and charged yesterday with receipt of child pornography. It is alleged that Thomas knowingly received films depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. A detention hearing is scheduled for Sept. 24, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.
If convicted, Thomas faces a mandatory minimum term 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, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and Chief Brian J. Pattullo of the Andover Police Department made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth G. Shine of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit.
The details contained in the complaint affidavit are allegations. The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.