Douglas Man Charged with Possession of Child Pornography
BOSTON—A Level 2 sex offender from Douglas was charged in U.S. District Court in Worcester yesterday with possession of child pornography.
Bryan Larson, 43, was charged in a criminal complaint after a June 12, 2015, federal search warrant of Larson’s residence revealed multiple video files and images depicting child pornography. Larson is a Level 2 sex offender, having been previously convicted of multiple counts of rape of a child. According to the affidavit, federal agents learned that an individual residing in Larson’s residence attempted to receive child pornography in late May and early June 2015. That information triggered a search of Larson’s home on June 12, 2015.
During the search, Larson fled from law enforcement. Larson turned himself in on June 14th and is currently in federal custody. His detention and probable cause hearing is scheduled for June 22nd at 11:00 a.m. in U.S. District Court in Worcester.
The charging statute provides for a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of 20 years, followed by a minimum of five years of supervised release and a maximum of life, and a $250,000 fine. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Michael Shea, Deputy Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; Vincent B. Lisi, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Boston Field Division; Colonel Timothy P. Alben, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; and Chief Patrick T. Foley of the Douglas Police Department, made the announcement today. Members of the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section assisted with the apprehension of Larson. The case is being prosecuted by Karin M Bell, Chief of Ortiz’s Worcester Branch Office.
The details contained in the complaint are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
The case is brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In 2006, the Department of Justice created Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the DOJ’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.