Tuesday January 15, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- A Hinsdale, N.H., man who was arrested on charges of distributing child pornography had official charges filed against him late last month. Because of the sensitive nature of the case against Benjamin Maes, 42, and the necessity of redacting the documents to protect his victims, the court filings weren’t posted until late last week.

According to court documents, Maes stands accused of two counts of sexual exploitation of children, one count of transportation of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

According to the indictment, Maes "did knowingly employ, use, persuade, induce, entice and coerce a minor child ... to engage in sexually explicit conduct ..." for the purpose of producing and distributing child pornography. Maes is also accused of knowingly distributing images of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

On the local level, Maes has been charged with felonious sexual assault on a child.

He was arrested on Dec. 1, 2012, after sending pornographic images on several occasions to an undercover agent working for the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force.

Following his arrest, Maes was taken to the Hinsdale Police Department where he was read his Miranda Rights and then interviewed.

During the interview, Maes admitted to viewing, receiving and sending child pornography, according to court documents. He also admitted to producing child pornography and sharing it online.

His case is scheduled to go to trial in federal court in New Hampshire on Feb. 20.