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Judge considering verdict in DJ Dana Wilson’s child pornography trial

Posted June 06, 2014, at 5:29 p.m.
Dana Wilson (left) and attorney Hunter Tzovarras at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor on Friday.
Dana Wilson (left) and attorney Hunter Tzovarras at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor on Friday. Buy Photo

BANGOR, Maine — A question about the acronym PTHC, which stands for pre-teen hardcore, is the last thing Superior Court Justice Ann Murray asked about after closing arguments Friday in the jury-waived trial of local disc jockey Dana Wilson for possession of child pornography.

“The 1,200 hits. That was either hits coming into the computer or going out of the computer, correct?” Murray asked Michael Roberts, deputy district attorney for Penobscot County, and defense attorney Hunter Tzovarras of Bangor.

They indicated the acronym was found by police investigators both coming into and going out of Wilson’s laptop.

“I will take this matter under advisement and reflect on the evidence,” Murray said before departing the second-floor courtroom at the Penobscot Judicial Center just before 3 p.m.

Within minutes, Roberts and Tzovarras were called to her chambers. When they came out, Roberts announced there would be no verdict Friday.

Both the prosecutor and defense attorney said they were disappointed.

“We would have liked to have a verdict today,” Tzovarras said, standing beside Wilson, 63, who declined to comment by waving his hand.

“I’m not surprised given the complexities of the case,” Roberts said outside of the courthouse. “I would rather she give a good thoughtful decision.”

During closing arguments, Roberts said Wilson told police on two occasion that he had seen the child pornography and that, “He’s the only person in this case that admits to seeing these files.”

Tzovarras said the state has not proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Wilson was the one who downloaded the pornographic images. He threw blame on Wilson’s adult son, who lived with the DJ at the time the images were downloaded.

“The real question here is not if there was child pornography, but if Dana Wilson was in possession,” the defense attorney said. “There wasn’t any evidence that he used the computer [when the images were downloaded].”

On Monday, Bangor police Detective Brent Beaulieu and Maine State Police Officer Christopher Hull testified they had examined the computers found in Wilson’s home more than three years ago. Two videos that contained child pornography were found in the recycle bin of one laptop computer, Beaulieu testified.

Hull testified that he found on a second laptop deleted video files that included the titles, “Monsters,” “Tillman” and “11 yo sex & rape.” The state police officer said that several of the deleted files were titles known to law enforcement officials who investigate child pornography cases.

The trial did not resume until Friday.

Wilson remains free on $1,000 bail with the condition he have no contact with children under age 16. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

BDN reporter Judy Harrison contributed to this story.

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