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Newtown Man Facing Up to 30 Years for Producing Child Porn

A federal grand jury returned an indictment today charging Edward F. Wilson with sexually abusing a 4-year-old girl.


According to an indictment that was unsealed in federal court today, a 28-year-old Newtown man has been charged with sexually abusing a 4-year-old girl and maintaining films of the alleged abuse.

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that a federal grand jury sitting in New Haven has returned an indictment charging Edward F. Wilson with one count of production of child pornography, one count of receipt and distribution of child pornography, and one count of possession of child pornography. The indictment was returned on Aug. 9, but ws only unsealed today during Wilson’s arraignment before United States Magistrate Judge Thomas P. Smith in Hartford.        

The indictment alleges that, in approximately 2011 and 2012, Wilson sexually abused a 4-year-old girl, filmed and photographed the abuse, and maintained the videos and images on his home computer.

In addition to filming, photographing, and maintaining videos and images of the sexual abuse that he inflicted on the female child, the district attorney's office says it is alleged that Wilson downloaded and traded via email hundreds of other images and videos of child pornography. It is further alleged that he maintained his collection of child pornography in his online email account and on his home computers.        

If convicted of the charge of production of child pornography, Wilson faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 15 years and a maximum term of imprisonment of 30 years. The charge of receipt and distribution of child pornography carries a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 5 years and a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years. The charge of possession of child pornography carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.        

Wilson has been detained in state custody since his arrest on April 13, for first-degree possession of child pornography, obscenity, and promoting a minor in an obscene performance. On July 10, he was arrested on 22 additional state charges, including six counts of first-degree sexual assault, five counts of fourth-degree sexual assault, and 11 counts of risk of injury.        

U.S. Attorney Fein stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.        

This case is being investigated by the Connecticut State Police Computer Crimes Unit, the Newtown Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force, which includes federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Neeraj Patel.        

This prosecution is part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood Initiative, and the District of Connecticut’s “Operation Constant Vigilance,” which are aimed at protecting children from sexual abuse and exploitation. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

The above report is based on a press release from the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut.

Richard Hooker August 23, 2012 at 10:08 PM
alleged?? He had a video of himself and the girl....How is that alleged? That is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in my book....
Big Family August 23, 2012 at 10:20 PM
I would rather be killed then have a child be destroyed like this, so in my mind this crime is by far worse then murder. 30 year max would make this thing 58 when it gets out. If you're happy with that raise your hand(not!!!)
John Tuttle August 24, 2012 at 12:35 PM
It's "alleged" until he has been given due process and formally convicted in court. You haven't seen the video; I haven't seen the video; the reporter hasn't seen the video. Until the video is viewed in court and this person is convicted, it is "alleged." That single word is the difference between being and not being sued for libel.
Richard Hooker August 24, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Whatever. Hes guilty and he should be castrated. THAT is how you deal with child molesters. Take away what motivates them, and they wont do it anymore
Clare August 25, 2012 at 01:52 AM
I would say that this is by far a "legitimate rape".
yoda August 25, 2012 at 12:30 PM
The killer is, these parents in Newtown just let their kids walk around without any adult supervision, those kids are easy bait!
Matt August 25, 2012 at 01:00 PM
You really are a sad, whiny, pathetic soul....where in this article does it say that the parents of this child allowed her to walk around wihtout adult supervision? As if these parents don't have enough to deal with knowing this scum abused their daughter, they then have you trying to place blame on them. Most victims of sexual abuse are abused by someone their parents and they know well and trust....that is a documented fact. But your comments regularly have nothing to do with fact.
Big Family August 25, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Very snappy Clare, use the abuse of a child to make a polictical statement.
yoda August 25, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Bottom line it takes two seconds to take a child, watch your kids!!!!!! Pedifiles are everywhere, run and tell your mother that.
yoda August 25, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Matt, are you or are you not from STRATFORD?
yoda August 25, 2012 at 01:38 PM
"I lived and worked in Newtown for 10 years but moved 13 years ago for work and family reasons. I have many friends in town and former colleagues in the school system that I stay in touch with and have missed living and working in Newtown terribly" Matt you live in Stratford, yet comment about issues in Newtown? Sorry you can't live in Newtown it’s such a caring community!
DAY August 25, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Hey Clare - stay classy.
Clare August 25, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Big Family - It is not I that made rape a policical issue, it's the republicans. Don't blame me.
Big Family August 25, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Clare, Please see Day's comment above and stop posting politics on this article.
John Tuttle August 26, 2012 at 10:03 AM
Richard, you're wrong. Their brains, not their genitals, motivate them. Castration would stop nothing. A life sentence would. Clare, you're a moron. Yoda, you're green.

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