|Court jails child porn man's girlfriend, says he's innocent|
By JAMES RICE and JAMES RICE
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) вЂ” A Burlington man who police say abused his wife said Thursday that he was innocent, but he acknowledged that he had been using child pornography since at least December.
"I'm 100 percent sure that my wife has done nothing wrong," Eric D. Wilson Jr. said at a news conference, hours after he was freed from jail on a $10,000 bond. "She said she'd never hurt my kids."
The 24-year-old former military reserve from Maine testified in court that a year and a half ago, he found child porn on his wife's computer, according to a statement read aloud. But it was the use of the child pornography that led police to arrest her in early August and ultimately charges him. She had no idea what his porn was and told detectives that she didn't have to deal with it because she never shared it with him.
Prosecutors said Wilson downloaded and viewed child porn that showed his wife abusing and molesting a 2-year-old boy. He also showed pictures of his wife and three young children to another woman, who sent them to her boyfriend, who later discovered the child pornography, prosecutors said.
The indictment did not name the girlfriend. Wilson said Thursday he will remain in jail at a facility for those with mental health issues because of post-traumatic stress and his wife's psychiatric history.
Dawn Deiters, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in New York, said a trial date is still pending, but a statement said Wilson, "who is a known drug addict," does not have a criminal record and will be on supervised release until January of next year.
Wilson is accused of illegally possessing child porn on his wife's computer and of uploading it to a service called "Viral Video" on his Facebook page.
Wilson, of Millersville, Md., is being held on $10,000 bail. He is also being held on a charge of making false claims regarding child porn. That's a felony count that carries a possible prison sentence up to five years.
"The public deserves to know that the government is not simply investigating this crime to punish innocent people," Deiters said.
Wilson told the judge that he and his wife used their daughter and a 5-year-old son as "playthings" in sexual relationships from 2012 to 2015. He acknowledged he knew he was putting his children at risk, but he said that he acted out of a desire to protect them, not a desire to offend them or to take credit for having sex
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