Boy Scout leader to face child porn charges after feds find nude boy photos on his computer

By May 29, 2014 July 3rd, 2019 blog post

Possession of Child Pornography, also known as CSAM, is a serious felony offense that can be charged in either federal or state court.

The United States Attorney’s Office, the Attorney General, and the various county prosecutors in Michigan have a reputation for zealously prosecuting CSAM cases and they almost always request long terms of incarceration. Although the type of defense used can vary greatly depending on the facts and circumstances of the case, generally, the defense lawyer’s job is to make sure the defendant’s rights are protected and prevent the government from getting away with over-zealous prosecution.

In cases where the Defendant did possess CSAM, a highly skilled defense attorney will know what steps to take to get his or her client help and treatment, as opposed to jail or prison. In cases where there are false or exaggerated allegations, the an experienced lawyer will do what is necessary to try and get the charges dismissed or attempt to get an acquittal at trial, if necessary.

An Example of a CSAM Charge in Michigan

Boy Scout Leader charged for Child Porn
Frank Berta, a local Boy Scout leader and employee of the federal government, is facing child pornography charges. Federal agents discovered the photos on his work computer. The work computer was apparently used to access pornography and “boy lover” Web sites, according to an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit. It is not clear if the incident was discovered as part of an FBI investigation targeting pedophiles, records show.

Agents also found photographs of nude and partially clothed pubescent and pre-pubescent boys on Bertram’s work computer, the affidavit said. Bertram’s home computer also allegedly contained similar child pornography including videos.

Bertram, like any person accused of a similar offense, is in need of the best criminal defense representation. He needs a great, experienced criminal defense lawyer whether he intends to fight the charges or attempt to mitigate any sentence that may be imposed.

CSAM Defense Attorneys in Michigan

At LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C., we have been passionately and zealously defending those charged with criminal offenses for decades. From cases that must go to trial to those cases where the priority is minimizing the consequences of a conviction, we are prepared to do whatever is necessary to help. Please feel free to call us for a free consultation 24 hours per day, 7 days per week at (248) 263-6800 or complete a Request for Assistance Form and a defense attorney will contact you promptly.

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