Trial scheduled for man accused of possessing child pornography

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Jury selection is scheduled for March for a man facing up to 20 years in federal prison on a child pornography charge.

Daimen Michael Perry is the only defendant listed in a one-count indictment filed last year in the Texarkana Division of the Eastern District of Texas. Perry appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Caroline Craven for arraignment Nov. 27 with Texarkana attorney Bart Craytor and entered a plea of not guilty.

Perry was released on an unsecured $10,000 appearance bond following his first court appearance. According to Perry’s indictment, he possessed a Seagate desktop hard drive and an Asus laptop computer April 26, 2018, which contained at least one pornographic image of a prepubescent child who had not reached age 12. A notice in the indictment indicates that the government is seeking Perry’s forfeiture of the computer equipment.

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Assistant U.S. Attorney Lucas Machicek filed a motion Feb. 12 for a hearing to address the government’s plea offer to Perry. At the hearing the terms of any offer by the government for a plea bargain will be discussed to make sure Perry understands what he is being offered and the range of punishment he faces if he chooses to reject the government’s offer and take his case to trial.

The hearing is scheduled for Feb. 26 before Craven.

If Perry rejects the government’s plea offer he faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000, if found guilty. Jury selection in the case is scheduled for March 25 before U.S. District Judge Robert Schroeder III in Texarkana.

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