By EKATERINE TCHELIDZE
Chronicle Staff Writer
LEBANON â€” A Lebanon man accused of illegally possessing and sharing child pornography is scheduled to appear in Norwich Superior Court Oct. 19.
His arraignment is slated for 10 a.m.
Connecticut State Police at Troop E in Montville arrested Jason Blakely, 40, of 72 Bascom Road, on Tuesday and charged him with first-degree possession of child pornography.
According to the police report, the investigation began in March when files of suspected child pornography were discovered after they were shared from an Internet account linked to Blakelyâ€™s residence.
Throughout the investigation, detectives identified Blakely as a suspect and were granted a seizure warrant for his residence.
During the search, police seized computers and computer-related equipment and located files of child pornography.
Blakely was released on a $100,000 surety bond.
According to state statute, a person is guilty of possession of child pornography in the first degree when they possess â€ś50 or more visual depictions of child pornographyâ€ť or â€śone or more images of child pornography that depict infliction or threatened infliction of serious physical injury,â€ť or a series of images in digital, electronic, printed or other format displaying child pornography.
Possession of child pornography in the first degree is a class B felony and anyone found guilty will be sentenced to a term of imprisonment.
The minimum sentence is five years and the court may not reduce or suspend it, according to state statutes.