Maine Sports Hall of Fame member, DJ Dana Wilson convicted of child pornography possession

Dana Wilson enters the courtroom at the Penobscot Judicial Center with his attorney Jeffrey Silverstein on Thursday morning where he pleaded no contest to possession of child pornography.
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Dana Wilson enters the courtroom at the Penobscot Judicial Center with his attorney Jeffrey Silverstein on Thursday morning where he pleaded no contest to possession of child pornography.
By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted May 23, 2013, at 8:20 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Maine Sports Hall of Famer and local DJ Dana Wilson pleaded no contest Thursday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to possessing child pornography.

Wilson, 62, of Brewer decided to plead no contest to one count of possession of sexually explicit material, a Class C crime, as his jury-waived trial was scheduled to begin.

There is no plea agreement, according to Michael Roberts, deputy district attorney for Penobscot County. A sentencing date was set for July 16.

District Court Judge Gregory Campbell accepted Wilson’s plea and found him guilty of the crime.

Wilson rushed from the courtroom as soon as Campbell gaveled the proceeding to a close.

Wilson was indicted June 27, 2012, by the Penobscot County grand jury on a charge of possession of sexually explicit material. He initially pleaded not guilty Aug. 8, 2012.

Roberts told the judge that at least 16 sexually explicit videos were found on Wilson’s computers. The prosecutor also said that they showed prepubescent children involved in sexually explicit activities with adults.

Outside the courthouse, Roberts said that Wilson, who had no prior criminal record, did not produce child pornography. The prosecutor also said that no Maine children were depicted in any of the material found on Wilson’s computers.

Defense attorney Jeffrey Silverstein of Bangor said that Wilson decided not to go to trial after two family members were subpoenaed by the prosecution.

“He was determined to avoid putting his family in a position where they had to testify,” Silverstein said.

The attorney also said that “ there was no suggestion that Mr. Wilson was ever a danger to the community.”

Wilson remains free on $1,000 unsecured bail with conditions that include his 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 last year.

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.

Monitoring of child pornography sites by law enforcement officials outside Maine led to an Internet address owned by Wilson, according to a previously published report.

Wilson was inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame in May 2012 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.

Wilson faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. 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.

Roberts said after Wilson entered his plea that a typical sentence for someone convicted of possession of sexually explicit material who had no prior record would be 2½ years with all but six months suspended and two years of probation. A condition of probation most likely would be that the individual have no unsupervised contact with children under the age of 18.

http://bangordailynews.com/2013/05/23/news/bangor/trial-of-hall-of-famer-wilson-on-child-pornography-possession-charge-to-begin-thursday/ printed on July 30, 2014