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Hansen indicted on child pornography charges

Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 9:30 am

Matthew M. Hansen was indicted for allegedly attempting to entice minor boys to engage in sexually explicit conduct for him to videotape between 2007 and 2012.

Hansen, 39, Winfield, Mo., was indicted by a federal grand jury on eight felony counts of attempted production of child pornography and one felony count of possession of child pornography.

If convicted, each count of attempted production of child pornography carries a penalty range of 15 to 30 years in prison; possession carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000. In determining the actual sentences, a judge is required to consider the U.S. sentencing guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and St. Charles County Cyber Crime Unit. Assistant United States Attorney Rob Livergood is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

As is always the case,  charges set forth in an indictment are merely accusations and do not constitute proof of guilt. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty.