An indictment against a man who has served as the chief of staff for a
United States senator has been delayed, with the federal government receiving
a reprieve and an additional month to formally press charges. The man
is accused of
computer crimes, including purchasing pornographic videos involving children, and he also
allegedly shared one video on a networking website. The man could face
a minimum five-year prison term in connection with the allegations, with
the maximum sentence involving 20 years in prison.
Authorities report that the man has been turned over into the custody of
his parents, and he is prohibited from leaving their Maryland home. Further,
the man may not use any device that can access the Internet while he is
Prosecutors in the case may now wait until Feb. 10 to file formal paperwork
in the proceeding against the 35-year-old man; the previous deadline was
Jan. 11. In most cases, defendants are entitled to quick legal proceedings
under the federal Speedy Trial Act, which mandates the defendants should
be officially charged within 30 days after their arrest. In this case,
the federal government filed a motion for additional time in order to
complete forensic analysis that was delayed because of the holiday season.
Attorneys for both sides say that a plea agreement could be reached in
connection with the serious charges before the formal indictment is even filed.
The man had served as the chief of staff for a congressional representative
starting in January 2012. Authorities say that the man was arrested in
mid-December after federal investigators conducted a search of his home.
He was fired from his political position on that same day.
In this case, the defendant’s rights were still preserved, even though
he is not being indicted in accordance with generally accepted federal
mandates. The man’s defense attorney is building a strategy for
his client that accommodates the federal government’s request for
a delay. Criminal defendants who are facing federal charges for Internet
crimes may benefit from a criminal defense attorney who can help them
learn more about the allegations pending against them.
Source: The Hill, “Indictment delayed in Loskarn child porn case” Blake Neff, Dec. 31, 2013