Brewer DJ to undergo competency evaluation; jury trial on child porn charge delayed

Posted Dec. 03, 2012, at 5:58 p.m.
Dana Wilson
Brewer Police Department
Dana Wilson

BANGOR, Maine — Jury selection in the trial of Maine Sports Hall of Fame inductee and local disc jockey Dana Wilson on a child pornography charge was continued Monday after the judge ordered that Wilson undergo a competency evaluation.

Wilson, 62, of Brewer was indicted June 27 by the Penobscot County grand jury on a charge of possession of sexually explicit material, a Class C crime. He pleaded not guilty Aug. 8.

Superior Court Justice Gregory Campbell granted a defense motion for the evaluation, Michael Roberts, deputy district attorney for Penobscot County, said Monday afternoon.

Wilson was expected to be tried later this month if the motion had not been granted, Roberts said. He did not predict when a jury trial might be held if Wilson is found competent.

Efforts late Monday afternoon to reach Wilson’s attorney, Jeffrey Silverstein of Bangor, were unsuccessful.

According to Roberts, Silverstein’s motion said that concerns had been raised by Wilson’s current mental health provider about his competency to Silverstein. The prosecutor declined to outline those concerns.

Once Wilson is evaluated, Campbell is expected to schedule a hearing to determine if he is competent to assist in his own defense or if further treatment would allow him to become competent.

If Wilson is found not competent to stand trial, the charges could be dismissed.

A defendant can be sentenced to Riverview Psychiatric Center if found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Wilson, who did not appear in court Monday, remains free on $1,000 unsecured bail with conditions that include him having no contact with children under the age of 16.

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.

The videos found on Wilson’s computer showed adult men having sex with girls under the age of 12, according to a previously published report. Monitoring of child pornography sites by law enforcement officials outside of Maine led to an Internet address owned by Wilson, the prosecutor said in June.

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

If convicted, Wilson 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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