Dana Wilson trial for possession of child pornography charge set for March 27

Posted March 04, 2014, at 12:32 p.m.
Dana Wilson
Dana Wilson
Superior Court Justice William Anderson
Superior Court Justice William Anderson
Attorney Michael Roberts
John Clarke Russ | BDN
Attorney Michael Roberts
Defense attorney Hunter Tzovarras
Linda Coan O'Kresik
Defense attorney Hunter Tzovarras

BANGOR, Maine — The trial of Dana Wilson on a charge of child pornography possession is set for March 27 at the Penobscot Judicial Center before Superior Court Justice William Anderson, according to the court clerk’s office.

In January, Anderson allowed Wilson, 63, of Brewer to withdraw his no-contest plea to the felony charge and proceed to trial.

No-contest pleas result in convictions.

The jury-waived trial is expected to last two days. Anderson could issue his decision after hearing testimony or take the matter under advisement and issue a written decision later.

Defense attorney Hunter Tzovarras of Bangor said Tuesday that he has hired a computer forensic expert to examine Wilson’s computer. The expert is expected to testify about his finding, the lawyer said.

Tzovarras told the judge Jan. 3, when a hearing to withdraw the plea was held, that Wilson wanted to take the action “because he is innocent of the offense and believes he did not fully understand the state’s burden [of proof], potential issues for defense, and consequences of a no-contest plea.”

The defense attorney said at the hearing that there was nothing in the police report to indicate that Wilson sought out the material, and he never confessed to the police.

Wilson pleaded no contest on May 23 before District Court Judge Greg Campbell to one count of possession of sexually explicit material, a Class C crime, as his jury-waived trial was about to begin.

On Aug. 19, the day before he was to be sentenced, Wilson fired his previous attorney, Jeffrey Silverstein of Bangor. Silverstein said Wilson sent him an email dismissing him without mentioning a reason.

Roberts said in August that he would recommend the judge sentence Wilson to between 2½ and three years in prison with all but six to nine months suspended. Roberts also said he would urge the judge to impose two years of probation.

Monitoring of child pornography sites by law enforcement officials outside Maine led to an Internet address belonging to Wilson in February 2011, according to a previously published report. He was indicted by a Penobscot County grand jury in June 2012.

Wilson was inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame in May 2012 for his basketball feats at Bangor’s Husson College, now Husson University, where he graduated in 1974. That honor was revoked May 29, 2013, by the hall’s board of directors, according to a previously published report.

The DJ remains free on $1,000 unsecured bail with conditions that include having no contact with children under the age of 16.

Wilson, who has no prior criminal record, faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 on the charge if convicted.

To reach a sexual assault advocate, call the Statewide Sexual Assault Crisis and Support Line at 800-871-7741, TTY 888-458-5599. This free and confidential 24-hour service is accessible from anywhere in Maine. Calls are automatically routed to the closest sexual violence service provider.

 

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