Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Firefighter Brian Wilkerson Arrested for Child Porn

A Springfield firefighter has pleaded not guilty to child pornography charges.

Brian Wilkerson is free on $50,000 bail after his arraignment Tuesday in federal court in Springfield. He faces four counts of receiving child pornography and one count of possessing it between August of 2005 and September.

A fire department spokesman says the 38-year-old Wilkerson has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of his case.

Wilkerson has also been ordered not to use the Internet, but his lawyer asked if that order could be relaxed so he can look for a job online.

A pretrial conference is scheduled for July 28.

If convicted, he faces a maximum prison term of five years.

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