The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that an indictment charging 31-year-old Christopher Julich with producing and attempting to produce child pornography has been unsealed. The indictment was filed under seal on April 10, 2012.
According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, the indictment alleges that Julich persuaded and enticed a minor to perform sexual acts on a webcam that were transmitted through the state.
Authorities said Julich was arrested by federal agents in Virginia. He was arraigned on May 24 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas M. Blewitt. Judge Blewitt ordered Julich to remain in prison pending trial. U.S. District Court Judge Robert Mariani scheduled trial for July 23, 2012.
If convicted of the charge, Julich faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a possible maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa. An indictment and criminal information are not evidence of guilt but simply descriptions of the charge made by the United States Attorney against a defendant. A charged defendant is presumed innocent until a jury returns a unanimous finding that the United States has proved the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.