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Dallas-area man sentenced to 11 years

| July 16, 2008 at 06:29 pm

DALLAS – An Addison, Texas, resident was sentenced here Monday to 11 years in federal prison for receiving child pornography. This sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Richard B. Roper, Northern District of Texas; the case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Melvin Wiand, 56, was sentenced July 14 by U.S. District Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn to132 months in federal prison. He pleaded guilty in April to one count of receiving child pornography. In November 2007, a federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment charging Wiand with one count of receiving child pornography, two counts of possessing child pornography, and a forfeiture allegation. He was arrested shortly afterwards on those charges, and has been in custody since that time.

In documents filed in court, Wiand admitted that from Nov. 9 through Nov. 17, 2005, he knowingly received child pornography by downloading it from the Internet to his home computer. He admitted that he paid for subscriptions to child pornography websites, and saved images from those websites to his computer hard drive, CDs and other storage media. He also admitted that in November 2005, he subscribed to a website called “Illegal CP” and received numerous images of child pornography from that website. (more…)