Former teacher faces federal charges in child pornography case

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes on Wednesday, April 4, 2012

When someone is accused of a crime a great deal may be at stake. Whether they live in Missouri or elsewhere they could face many years behind bars. In one recent case, a man could be sentenced to life in prison for his alleged involvement in an online network that promoted child pornography.

According to reports, the man faces state charges for allegedly assaulting three children and filming the encounter. However, the man now faces federal charges for conspiracy to participate in a child exploitation enterprise. Authorities claim that the man made 105 posts for a child pornography website since joining in 2009.

The accused is a former elementary school teacher. He has pleaded not guilty to the state charges.

Although he could be sentenced to life in prison if he is convicted of the federal charges, he could face a minimum of 15 years in prison if convicted of the state charges.

Federal officials say they have arrested 72 other people for their alleged involvement in the child pornography website. Fifty-two of those people have reportedly pleaded guilty.

Although the man’s attorney says his client is looking for a resolution, he is also looking to minimize any potential prison time.

It is unclear how this specific case will turn out, but it shows that a strong criminal defense may be about more than just a person’s guilt or innocence. In some instances, a criminal defense attorney will work to minimize any potential consequences rather than working to prove an individual’s innocence. In doing so, a person may face less time behind bars.

Source:, “Former Newton teacher to go to Louisiana to face federal child porn charges,” Deirdre Fernandes, April 3, 2012