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Granby man faces child porn charges



Staff Writer 
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

GRANBY — A 35-year-old Granby man faces charges in federal court for allegedly using a child to produce and distribute child pornography.

Jonathan Monson, of  Morgan Street, appeared in U.S. District Court in Springfield on Friday, following his arrest earlier in the day by federal authorities. He was charged with sexual exploitation of a minor, distribution and receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography, according to a March 9 press release from the U.S. attorney’s office.

Monson allegedly used a child to produce the pornography and distributed and received other material. The alleged crimes occurred between February and March of this year.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 22. Attorney Alex Grant of the U.S. attorney’s Springfield office is prosecuting the case.

According to the U.S. attorney’s office, sexual exploitation of a minor comes with a sentence up to 30 years in prison, while the distribution and receipt of child pornography carries a sentence of up to 20 years and possession of child pornography comes with a sentence of up to 10 years in prison. If convicted, each charges comes with up to lifetime of supervision and a $250,000 fine.

According to the press release, the case was pursued as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative “to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.”

Launched in March 2006 by the Department of Justice, the program uses federal, state and local resources to better locate and apprehend individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as identify and rescue victims.

Editor’s Note: This story was changed on March 13, 2018, to remove the street number from the address of the accused.