Verdict in Dana Wilson child pornography case to be announced Tuesday

Dana Wilson at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor on June 6.
Gabor Degre | BDN
Dana Wilson at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor on June 6.
Posted June 30, 2014, at 11:10 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The verdict in the child pornography possession trial of disc jockey Dana Wilson, 63, of Brewer is scheduled to be announced at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center, according to the Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office.

Wilson’s jury-waived trial was held June 2 before Superior Court Justice Ann Murray with closing arguments presented June 6.

At the trial, two forensic computer examiners testified that they found videos containing child pornography on two computers seized in February 2011 at the home of Wilson, a former member of the Maine Sports Hall of Fame.

He was indicted two years ago by the Penobscot County grand jury on one count of possession of sexually explicit material.

Wilson has denied intentionally downloading child pornography.

He did not take the stand in his own defense. His attorney, Hunter Tzovarras of Bangor, called no witnesses.

Bangor police detective Brent Beaulieu and Maine State Police Officer Christopher Hull testified for the prosecution that 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 known to be child pornography. The state police officer said that several of the deleted files were titles known to law enforcement officials who investigate child pornography cases.

Beaulieu said that he did not find child pornography on any other hard drives or computers taken from Wilson’s home, which included a home office. He also testified that he found adult pornography but no child pornography on the hard drive of a broken computer owned by Wilson’s then 23-year-old son, Christopher Wilson.

Both experts said that for the videos and deleted files found on the laptops to have gotten onto the computer, an operator would have had to have opened or downloaded the files containing child pornography.

Brewer police Sgt. Jay Munson testified Monday that he went to Wilson’s home Feb. 14, 2011, after learning from the group Internet Crimes Against Children that someone with an IP address at the home where Wilson lived had received a video known to portray child pornography.

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.

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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