Anchorage Man Charged for Distribution Of Child Pornography
Anchorage, Alaska – Acting U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced today that an Anchorage man was charged for the distribution of child pornography.
Ronald Teekell, 52, of Anchorage, and owner of Jewel Lake Bowl, was arraigned yesterday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin F. McCoy on two counts of distribution of child pornography. A detention hearing was scheduled for Oct. 27, 2017.
According to the indictment, in November 2014 and June 2016, Teekell knowingly distributed, by any means and facility of interstate and foreign commerce, visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. It is alleged that Teekell used the wireless internet at Jewell Lake Bowl to access child pornography.
The charges against Teekell are the result of a joint investigation conducted by the FBI and APD. If the public has any further information, questions, or concerns about the activities of Teekell, please contact the FBI at (907) 276-4441.
If convicted, Teekell faces a statutory minimum of five years in prison and guideline sentence of the statutory maximum of 20 years in prison. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In May 2006, DOJ launched Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices, Project Safe Childhood combines federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.