Three Pensacola men were arraigned today on child pornography charges, announced Pamela C. Marsh, the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.
Kevin Allaire, 24, is charged in a two-count indictment alleging that he received and possessed child pornography between June 2008 and August 2010. Mack Varnado, 32, is charged in a three-count indictment with receipt, transportation, and possession of child pornography between March 2005 and February 2012. William Dunaway, Jr., 22, is charged with one count of possession of child pornography on July 31, 2012.
If convicted, Allaire and Varnado each face a mandatory minimum sentence of five years up to a maximum of twenty years in prison, and Dunaway faces up to a maximum sentence of ten years’ imprisonment. All three cases are set for separate trials in February 2013.
These cases are brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched by the Department of Justice in May 2006 to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorneys= Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
An indictment is merely an allegation by a grand jury that a defendant has committed a violation of federal criminal law and is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.