Worcester Level 3 Sex Offender Charged with Possession of Child Pornography

 by Patrick SargentMarch 15, 2019

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WORCESTER - A Worcester man with prior convictions for rape of a child and indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 was charged in federal court on Thursday with possession of child pornography.

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Michael Chapman, 62, was charged with one count of possession of child pornography. He appeared in federal court in Worcester and consented to a voluntary order of detention. This is Chapman's second possession of child pornography conviction.

Chapman is a registered Level 3 sex offender due to multiple prior convictions: In 2004, he was convicted of two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 and three counts of obscene material; in 1994, he was convicted of transporting in interstate commerce a visual depiction of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct; and, in 1984, he was convicted of rape of a child and four counts of lewd and lascivious acts.

On July 2, 2017, Chapman allegedly uploaded two images depicting child pornography using his Skype account. Chapman.

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The charge provides for a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, five years and up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000. Due to prior convictions, Chapman faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years in prison. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.


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