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Lima man charged with child pornography crimes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 12, 2013

Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, announced today that Michael S. Dockery, a 30 year-old from Lima, Ohio, was charged with receiving, distributing and possessing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

The indictment charges that from on or about February 10, 2012, through on or about June 1, 2012, Dockery knowingly received and distributed, by computer, numerous computer files, which contained visual depictions of real minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

On June 5, 2012, images of child pornography were found on his HP Compaq desktop computer, Dell laptop computer, and six computer thumb drives. On February 4, 2013, images of child pornography were found on his HP Probook 4530s laptop. On February 22, 2013, images of child pornography were found on an additional computer thumb drive, according to the indictment.

If convicted, the sentence in this case will be determined by the court after consideration of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines which depend upon a number of factors unique to each case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the unique characteristics of the violation. In all cases the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Carol M. Skutnik. The case was investigated by the Lima Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

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