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Hackett Man Appears In Federal Court On Child-Porn Charge

<p>Raymond Freitas</p><p>Raymond Freitas</p>

Raymond Freitas

Raymond Freitas

A Hackett man pleaded not guilty to receiving and possessing child pornography during a Thursday appearance in U.S. District Court in Fayetteville.

A federal jury indicted Raymond Freitas, 42, in December on four counts of receiving child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography. Freitas was arrested Wednesday and the indictments were unsealed Thursday.

An investigation by the Homeland Security Crimes Against Children Task Force identified an I.P. address utilized for sharing known and suspected child pornography. Freitas was identified as the account holder and owner of the computer, and on May 29 officers found a desktop computer and several DVDs at Freitas’ home while executing a search warrant. At that time, Freitas admitted that he had downloaded child pornography and had some on his computer, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Freitas waived a detention hearing and is being held at the Sebastian County Adult Detention Center pending trial, which is scheduled for Sept. 2.

He faces a minimum five years and maximum 20 years in prison on each count of receiving child pornography and up to 20 years in prison on the possession charge.

Homeland Security, the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office and Hackett Police Department participated in the investigation.

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