Coon Rapids man indicted on child pornography charges

A federal indictment unsealed recently charges a 54-year-old Coon Rapids man with receiving, possessing and attempting to distribute child pornography.

The indictment, which was filed on May 20, charges Guy Edward Wheelock with seven counts of attempted distribution of child pornography, one count of receipt of child pornography  and one count of possession of child pornography.

The indictment was unsealed June 4 following Wheelock’s initial appearance in federal court.

It alleges that on seven occasions between Sept. 13 and 20, 2011, Wheelock attempted to distribute, via a computer, videos involving minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

The indictment also alleges that on Feb. 2, 2012, Wheelock received videos of similar conduct, and that he possessed several videos of similar conduct.

If convicted, Wheelock faces a potential maximum penalty of 40 years for each attempted distribution and receipt count and 20 years on the possession count.

Any sentence would be determined by a federal district court judge.

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