Child pornography charges were filed against Timothy Dorway who was a high school Principal in Chanhassen. The Carver county attorney’s office filed seven counts of possession of child pornography. Dorway apparently admitted to investigators that he received the videos via Dropbox and that he was interested in children from 11 – 13 years old. A search warrant was executed at his house and at the school where he worked. After the search warrant was executed, Dorway was arrested and is currently being held in the Carver County jail. A letter was sent out to the parents at the school telling them that Dorway had been arrested. Dorway also has three children of his own and is divorced. Students and family members were stunned by the charges and the arrest.
Typically in child pornography cases, the county will execute a search warrant and take computers, Ipads, phones, or other electronic devices. The examination usually takes several months up or over a year for the examination of the electronic devices. Charges can also take several months up or longer than a year to be filed by the county. Because Dorway was arrested and charged at the same time the search warrants were executed, Dorway’s case is unique. He was likely arrested and charged sooner rather than later because he was a principal and was around young children every day.
One count of possession of child pornography is a felony and holds up to imprisonment for 5 years and a fine up to $5,000 for a first offense. Subsequent offenses may lead to imprisonment of up to 10 years and $10,000. Consent by a minor or the minor’s parent of guardian is not a defense to a child pornography. The only affirmative defense for child pornography pursuant to Minnesota statute 617.247 Subd. 7 is that the pornographic work was produced using only persons who were 18 years or older. Depending on whether the charges are filed in state or federal court, the sentencing guidelines will differ. It is also crucial to have your own hired private forensic examiner to review the evidence in a child pornography case.
If you have been charged with possession or dissemination of child pornography in state or federal court, contact Max Keller. If convicted of possession of child pornography, you may be facing substantial prison time. The attorneys at Keller Law Offices are ready to help you with the allegations against you. They have helped other people in the same situation as you, in counties all over Minnesota. Max Keller has handled many cases involving criminal sexual conduct and child pornography cases throughout Minnesota and has won jury trials. Max Keller offers a free consultation.
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