Florida Keys News - Key West Citizen
Monday, September 1, 2014
House arrest for man accused in child porn case

A Keys man facing up to 100 years in prison after a federal grand jury indicted him on suspicion of receiving and possessing child pornography has pleaded not guilty. He will be held on house arrest until and during his trial.

Ion Becker -- his age and address were not listed -- was indicted last week. Additional court records filed on Aug. 20 were sealed by the court.

Becker pleaded not guilty on Friday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lurana S. Snow prior to a detention hearing in which Snow ruled that Becker be held under house arrest at his mother's house. He was ordered to wear electronic monitoring equipment and not have any contact with anyone under the age of 18, records state.

Becker was also ordered to be detained under the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, which was signed into law in 2006 by President George W. Bush. Those additional conditions of bond state that Becker:

-- Not possess or have access to any Internet device, including email.

-- Provide monthly telephone records to the court.

-- Not access the Internet via any state, federal, private or public library network.

-- Undergo mental health counseling.

Becker faces three counts of receiving child pornography and two counts of possessing child pornography.

Each count carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

According to the indictment, Becker received electronic images of child pornography involving minors younger than 12 via his computer on Dec. 25, 2011, Dec. 29, 2011, and Jan. 2, 2012.

Federal prosecutors filed paperwork on Aug. 19 moving to seize two laptop computers from Becker and to take any property, including money, that he could have made from the alleged crime.

The case will be heard in Key West and was assigned to U.S. Chief District Judge James Lawrence King.

A tentative trial date is yet to be scheduled.


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