A man awaiting trial on a child pornography charge in Yavapai County was arrested in October trying to flee the country. The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office said that agents with U.S. Homeland Security arrested 41-year-old Samir Mahmoud Wadi, who was waiting at an Albuquerque airport to board a flight to Jordan. Wadi was released last year on a $30,000 bond after his child pornography arrest. He will be returned to Arizona. A conviction for child pornography can have severe long-term consequences including a prolonged prison term. Jobs can be lost, reputations ruined, and families destroyed. If you are accused of producing, distributing, or possessing child pornography in Phoenix or anywhere in Arizona, you are going to need reliable and aggressive defense representation. You’ll need to contact an experienced Phoenix criminal defense attorney as quickly as possible.
If you are convicted of a federal child pornography charge, you will probably face a minimum of 27 months in federal prison. If you have prior convictions, the sentence can be even longer. If you are prosecuted and convicted for child pornography under Arizona state law, you can be sent to an Arizona prison for up to five years, and if the child is under 15 years old, the sentence can be even longer. However, if you have illegal images on your computer, it’s possible you downloaded them without realizing it; malware or a computer virus could also be responsible for child pornography on your computer.
If you had no knowledge of the images and no malicious intent, an experienced defense attorney can explain your side of the case and fight aggressively for justice on your behalf. If you are arrested anywhere in the state of Arizona on a child pornography charge, you must act at once. Exercise your right to remain silent, insist on having an attorney present during any questioning, and contact an experienced Phoenix criminal defense attorney immediately.