PHILADELPHIA - Andrew F. Dickson, 51, of Philadelphia, PA, was charged yesterday by indictment with possession of child pornography and receipt of child pornography announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.
The indictment alleges that on multiple dates between February 21, 2015 and July 9, 2015, Dickson knowingly possessed child pornography and knowingly accessed the Internet with intent to view child pornography. It is further alleged that on October 19, 2013, Dickson knowingly received child pornography through the use of the Internet.
If convicted the defendant faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison with a possible advisory sentencing guideline range of up to 135 months, up to a lifetime of supervised release, a $200 special assessment, plus possible fines and restitution.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigations with assistance from the Philadelphia Police Department Special Victims Unit. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Priya T. De Souza.
An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.