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Petersburg man arraigned for child porn charges

Posted: October 31, 2013 - 12:00am

A Petersburg man was arraigned in the U.S. District Court in Juneau on Wednesday for distribution, receipt and possession of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorneys’ Office.

Tye Leif Petersen, 45, went before U. S. Magistrate Judge Leslie C. Longenbaugh and is being detained pending trial, said U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler in a news release. Petersen is facing one count each for distribution, receipt and possession.

Assistant U. S. Attorney Jack S. Schmidt is prosecuting the case. If convicted Peterson could face between five to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine receiving and distributing child pornography. A charge of possession of child pornography carries a maximum sentence of 10 years, however, the maximum sentence increases to 20 years and $250,000 fine if the images depict children under the age of 12.

The charges against Petersen are the result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in cooperation with the Petersburg Police Department.

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