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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 28, 2016

South Dartmouth Man Charged with Child Pornography Offenses

BOSTON – A South Dartmouth man was arrested today and charged in U.S. District Court in Boston with child pornography offenses.

Jack L. Bean, Jr., 29, was charged in a criminal complaint with one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.  During an initial appearance today, Bean was detained pending a detention hearing on May 3, 2016.

According to the court documents, in September 2015, a law enforcement investigation identified an Internet-based bulletin board dedicated to the advertisement, distribution and production of child pornography with over 1,500 users who actively post new content and engage in online discussions involving the sexual exploitation of minors.  Bean was allegedly identified as a user on the bulletin board.  During a search executed by law enforcement officers today, Bean admitted that he downloaded and saved child pornography from the Internet, and that he had a sexual preference for girls approximately 14 years old.  During the execution of the search warrant, agents identified 40 images and 29 videos of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct on Bean’s laptop.

The charge of receipt of child pornography provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and no greater than 20 years in prison, a mandatory minimum of five years and up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000.  The charge of possession of child pornography provides for a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, a mandatory minimum of five years and up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000.  Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties.  Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. 

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz;  Matthew Etre, Special Agent in Charge of the Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; and Dartmouth Police Chief Robert W. Szala, made the announcement today.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Suzanne Sullivan Jacobus of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit.

The details contained in the complaint are allegations.  The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Updated April 28, 2016