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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 26, 2021

St. Paul Registered Sex Offender Indicted for Downloading and Possessing Child Pornography

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A federal grand jury returned an indictment against a St. Paul man for receiving and possessing child pornography, announced Acting U.S. Attorney W. Anders Folk.

According to court documents, on January 4, 2020, Drayton Dean Wilson, 28, downloaded an image containing depictions of child sexual abuse. On June 1, 2020, and October 15, 2020, Wilson was found in possession of multiple digital files containing depictions of child sexual abuse. On February 2, 2010, prior to these allegations, Wilson was convicted in Cass County of second degree criminal sexual conduct and was required to register as a sex offender.

Wilson is charged with one count of receipt of child pornography and two counts of possession of child pornography.

This case was 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, 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.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Evan B. Gilead is prosecuting the case.

An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Updated October 26, 2021