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Granby man guilty of child exploitation, pornography charges

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Staff Writer
Tuesday, October 20, 2020

SPRINGFIELD — A Granby man who produced child pornography found on his cellphone two years ago was convicted on 15 counts of child exploitation offenses by a federal jury in Springfield on Wednesday.

Jonathan Monson, 38, of Morgan Street, arrested March 8, 2018 at his home, was convicted in U.S. District Court on four counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, eight counts of distribution of child pornography, two counts of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Massachusetts.

U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni scheduled sentencing for Monson, who has been held since his arrest, for Jan. 7.

The conviction for Monson comes after he used a child on four occasions in 2017 and 2018 to produce child pornography, later discovered on his cellphone. In June 2017, Monson distributed child pornography files to a messenger group for Kik, a mobile messaging app.

Authorities say Monson was trading child pornography videos with another user on Kik messenger at 3:30 a.m., just a few hours before federal agents executed a search warrant at his home. The evidence at trial also showed that Monson had additional child pornography files on his phone at the time of the search warrant.

The charge of sexual exploitation of a child provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years and up to 30 years in prison, a lifetime of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000. The charges of distribution of child pornography provide for a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and up to 20 years in prison, a lifetime of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex J. Grant of U.S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling’s Springfield Branch Office prosecuted the case, while defense attorney Joseph P. Harty of West Springfield represented Monson.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood.

, a U.S. Department of Justice initiative designed to protect children from exploitation and abuse.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.