Arraignment of DJ Dana Wilson on child porn charge continued; bail set at $1,000

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted July 18, 2012, at 11:33 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The arraignment of recent Maine Sports Hall of Fame inductee and local disc jockey Dana Wilson on a child pornography charge was continued Wednesday at the the Penobscot Judicial Center until Aug. 8.

Wilson, 61, of Brewer did not appear in court but District Court Judge Bruce Jordan set the defendant’s bail at $1,000 unsecured and ordered that he have no unsupervised contact with minors under the age of 16.

Jordan said the arraignment was continued because Michael Roberts, deputy district attorney for Penobscot County, who is handling the case, is on vacation.

Wilson’s attorney, Jeffrey Silverstein of Bangor, said after the brief bail hearing that it was too early to tell whether his client would go to trial since he had not seen the indictment or received discovery from the district attorney’s office.

“This has been a shock to him and to all the people who know him,” Silverstein said. “He was been very involved in the community and is well known for his work.”

Wilson was indicted June 27 by the Penobscot County grand jury on a charge of possession of sexually explicit material, a Class C crime.

The investigation into Wilson began in February 2011, Brewer police Detective Sgt. Jay Munson said the day Wilson was indicted.

“We found no evidence of any local children or what appears to be local children [on Wilson’s computer],” Munson said.

Wilson has a disc jockey business and has provided music for dances sponsored by Brewer Parks and Recreation and area schools for many years, Munson said.

Silverstein said Wednesday that investigators had looked through “hundreds of videos and photos on the computer and found nothing related to anyone local or an indication he was involved in the production of anything.”

Ken Hanscom, director of Brewer Parks and Recreation, said last month that Wilson has provided music for the last 20 years for the annual father-daughter dance and for the last five years for the street dance that is part of the city’s Brewer Days celebration in September.

The videos found on Wilson’s computer showed adult men having sex with girls under the age of 12, according to Michael Roberts, deputy district attorney for Penobscot County. Monitoring of child pornography sites by law enforcement officials outside of Maine led to an Internet address owned by Wilson, the prosecutor said last month.

Wilson was inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame for his basketball feats at Bangor’s Husson College, where he graduated in 1974. The hall of fame says Wilson averaged nearly 35 points per game his senior year, best among all NCAA Division III schools that year.

If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. He also would be required to register as a sex offender for 10 years and could be prevented from spending time with minors as a DJ.

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