Tuesday November 27, 2012

SPRINGFIELD -- A Dalton man was being held without bail on Tuesday by federal authorities on child pornography charges following a law enforcement raid at his home on Monday.

Jared Sprague, 25, is being held at the Hampden County House of Correction pending a detention hearing scheduled for Thursday morning in U.S. District Court in Springfield, according to his attorney.

The home where Sprague resides was raided by federal agents on Monday after an investigation into the exchange, distribution and possession of child pornography through an online peer-to-peer file sharing program.

According to a federal complaint, law enforcement officers discovered a cache of child porn on a computer at Sprague's residence. Sprague allegedly admitted to downloading the files.

According to Sprague's attorney, Leonard H. Cohen, a complaint has been issued on the charge of distributing material involving the sexual exploitation of a minor, but his client hasn't yet been indicted on any charges.

Cohen said it was too early in the case for him to comment further.

Assistant United States Attorney Steven H. Breslow is prosecuting the case. On Monday, Breslow asked U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth P. Neiman for a pretrial detention hearing for the defendant citing his belief that there is a serious risk Sprague might flee prosecution as well as for the safety of the community, according to court documents.

If convicted, Sprague faces a mandatory minimum of five years and a maximum of 20 years in prison and up to lifetime supervised release. He can also be fined up to $250,000.