Worcester Level 3 Sex Offender Charged with Possession of Child Pornography

by | Mar 15, 2019 | Headlines, Crime, News

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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.

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.

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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