Crime

He accessed child porn on the internet, an indictment says. He wants his day in court.

Steven Leroy Dedual Jr.
Steven Leroy Dedual Jr.

A Mississippi Coast man has been indicted on a child pornography charge involving sexually explicit pictures of children and his alleged intent to view them over a period of seven months.

Steven Leroy Dedual Jr., 44, is accused of using the internet to commit the crimes in Harrison and Jackson counties between November 2015 and May 2016, an indictment said.

A federal grand jury indicted him Aug. 8 on a charge of access with intent to view child pornography.

He saw at least one image of a known victim, a girl who had not reached the age of 12, according to the indictment.

Dedual was arraigned Tuesday in U.S. District Court. He pleaded not guilty and was ordered held for federal marshals pending a detention hearing.

His trial date is set on a court calendar that starts Sept. 14.

Dedual reportedly lived in Gulfport and moved to Ocean Springs during the time-frame in the indictment.

Children identified as victims of pornography are listed in an information clearinghouse maintained by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The database is a partnership with the FBI and other agencies.

Once a child is identified as a victim, anyone found with an image of that child can be prosecuted for exploiting that child. Restitution can be ordered for identified victims. Their names are not to appear in court records.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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