LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – R. Alexander Acosta, United…

LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Andrew A. Apollony, Acting Special Agent in Charge, and Jesus Torres, Special Agent in Charge, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), announced that Palm Beach County resident Alexander Scholling was indicted on January 12, 2006, by a federal grand jury in West Palm Beach, Florida. Scholling had his initial appearance in federal court today before Chief United States Magistrate Judge Ann E. Vitunac. Scholling was released on bond pending trial, with special conditions preventing him from using a computer. If convicted of possessing child pornography, Scholling faces a maximum statutory sentence of ten (10) years’ imprisonment.

The Indictment charges Scholling with possessing child pornography, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2252A(a)(5). According to documents filed with the Court, this investigation began on November 18, 2005, when the FBI received a telephone call from a computer store in Tequesta, Florida. The caller advised the FBI that he was in the computer repair business and that one of the technicians at the store had found child pornography in a computer that was sent in for repair. The caller advised the FBI that the computer belonged to Alexander Scholling, a resident of Tequesta, Florida.

According to documents filed with the Court, a technician was installing a new hard disk drive in Scholling’s computer, and was in the process of moving various computer files when he noticed that some of the files contained child pornography. The technician opened one particular file, named “Kinder,” which contained pictures of children in sexually explicit positions. Based on this information, law enforcement agents executed a search warrant and seized the computer.

Mr. Acosta commended the investigative efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Tequesta Police Department, and the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office in this matter. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lothrop Morris of the Northern Division, Criminal Section in West Palm Beach.

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