Monday, July 27, 2009

William Compson Charged with Possession of Child Porn

Geneva, N.Y.

A federal grand jury in Rochester has charged a 60-year old Geneva man with receiving and possessing child pornography.

Prosecutors say William J. Compson, whose address was not released, allegedly downloaded images and videos of child pornography on his computer. Minors were allegedly engaged in sexual activity in those files, according to a spokeswoman from the U.S. Department of Justice, Peggy McFarland.

Compson faces five counts — three of receipt and two of possession of child pornography. Each of the two possession charges carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It’s part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to fight sexual exploitation of children.

Compson was arraigned today before Judge Marian W. Payson.

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