Maryland man's computer crimes case delayed by government

Maryland man's computer crimes case delayed by government

An indictment against a man who has served as the chief of staff for a United States senator has been delayed, with the federal government receiving a reprieve and an additional month to formally press charges. The man is accused of computer crimes, including purchasing pornographic videos involving children, and he also allegedly shared one video on a networking website. The man could face a minimum five-year prison term in connection with the allegations, with the maximum sentence involving 20 years in prison.

Authorities report that the man has been turned over into the custody of his parents, and he is prohibited from leaving their Maryland home. Further, the man may not use any device that can access the Internet while he is awaiting indictment.

Prosecutors in the case may now wait until Feb. 10 to file formal paperwork in the proceeding against the 35-year-old man; the previous deadline was Jan. 11. In most cases, defendants are entitled to quick legal proceedings under the federal Speedy Trial Act, which mandates the defendants should be officially charged within 30 days after their arrest. In this case, the federal government filed a motion for additional time in order to complete forensic analysis that was delayed because of the holiday season. Attorneys for both sides say that a plea agreement could be reached in connection with the serious charges before the formal indictment is even filed.

The man had served as the chief of staff for a congressional representative starting in January 2012. Authorities say that the man was arrested in mid-December after federal investigators conducted a search of his home. He was fired from his political position on that same day.

In this case, the defendant’s rights were still preserved, even though he is not being indicted in accordance with generally accepted federal mandates. The man’s defense attorney is building a strategy for his client that accommodates the federal government’s request for a delay. Criminal defendants who are facing federal charges for Internet crimes may benefit from a criminal defense attorney who can help them learn more about the allegations pending against them.

Source: The Hill, “Indictment delayed in Loskarn child porn case” Blake Neff, Dec. 31, 2013

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