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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 29, 2016

Easton Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Child Pornography

Contact: Chris Ruge 
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373

Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Zane Wetzel, 31, of Easton, Maine, pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court to possessing child pornography.

According to court records, on about May 14, 2015, Wetzel possessed image and video files depicting child pornography.  Some of these files, which he had purposely sought out and downloaded from the internet, depicted the sexual exploitation of prepubescent children under the age of 12.

Wetzel faces up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and between five years and a lifetime of supervised release.  He will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.

The investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
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Updated December 30, 2016