Anchorage man indicted on child pornography charge

Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2002

ANVCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in a child pornography case, the U.S. Attorney's office said Tuesday.

Brian Francis Joyce, 31, was indicted on Aug. 21 on charges of possession of child pornography and destruction of evidence to prevent its seizure, both felonies.

Prosecutors say Joyce kept the materials on his personal computer from May to July. And they say that after law enforcement officers told him on July 9 that they wanted to interview him, he destroyed sexually explicit images involving children.

Altogether, Joyce had about 500 such images and deleted 400 of them, said assistant U.S. Attorney Deborah Smith.

Anchorage police and U.S. Customs agents were involved in the investigation, the agency said.

Each charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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