A 52-year-old St. Peter man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly possessing child pornography.

Charles David Boynton was charged with one count of possession of child pornography and one count of receipt of child pornography in federal court in St. Paul.

The indictment, filed Jan. 15, accuses Boynton of using a computer to receive and attempt to receive a visual depiction of a child engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

Boynton’s Menk Drive residence was searched by federal investigators Feb. 28, 2007, according to federal court documents. A search warrant had been requested by J.K. Beinhorn, a federal postal inspector, the day before.

The indictment doesn’t give any further details about how Boynton allegedly acquired child pornography. If convicted, he would face a mandatory minimum penalty of five years, and a maximum of 20 years, in federal prison.

Boynton is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 9 for a motion hearing.

He was released from custody Jan. 15 after signing a $25,000 appearance bond. He did not return a telephone message left at his house Wednesday.

The case is part of the federal Project Safe Childhood initiative launched in 2006 by the Department of Justice. The initiative is used to reduce the proliferation of technology-facilitated sexual exploitation crimes against children.

Investigations through Project Safe Childhood are done in partnership with the U.S. Attorneys, Internet Crimes Against Children task forces and other federal partners, including the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

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