United States Attorney Anne M. Tompkins
Western District of North Carolina
INDIAN TRAIL, NC, MAN CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A federal grand jury sitting in Charlotte indicted Reginald Macon Peters, Jr., 43, of Indian Trail, N.C., with possession of child pornography, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Joining U.S. Attorney Tompkins in making today’s announcement are Keith Fixel, Inspector in Charge of the Charlotte Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service(USPIS), Kelly Moser, Special Agent in Charge of the Computer Crimes Unit of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (NC SBI), Sheriff Eddie Cathey of the Union County Sheriff’s Office, and the North Carolina Department of Correction.
The criminal indictment filed on Tuesday, October 18, 2011, charged Peters with one count of possession of visual depiction of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. If convicted, Peters faces a potential minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 30 years imprisonment.
The charges contained in this indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. The investigation is being handled by NC-SBI, USPIS, the Union County’s Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina Division of Community Corrections. The prosecution for the case is handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimlani Ford of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte.
This case is brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), 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 to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.