Attorney: Child pornography case may not go to trial
A local man charged with several counts of possessing and distributing child pornography will see his trial pushed back after a district court judge granted a motion by his attorney last December to declare the case complex.
According to U.S. Code, a pretrial or trial can be delayed if a case is “so unusual or so complex, due to the number of defendants, the nature of the prosecution, or the existence of novel questions of fact or law, that it is unreasonable to expect adequate preparation for pretrial proceedings…”
But at a January 28 trial schedule proceeding, defendant Tye Leif Petersen’s attorney Cara McNamara stated there was a good possibility that the case will resolve prior to trial.
A similar proceeding is scheduled for March 28. Petersen’s jury trial, should it go that far, is scheduled for September 15.
Petersen was arrested in the Juneau airport on his way to Seattle last October after an FBI investigation into his involvement in a network of child pornography trading.
Petersen was previously the director of maintenance for the Petersburg School District. He quit after learning a case was being built against him.