A federal grand jury Thursday indicted a Sterling man on child pornography charges.
Anoushiravan Dadgar, 33, is accused of using a computer to receive photos and videos of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Some of the videos Dadgar possessed depicted minors who appeared to be less than 10 years old and other prepubescent minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct, according to court documents and the indictment.
The alleged crimes occurred between February 2015 and February 2016. Federal Homeland Security investigators executed a search warrant at Dadgar’s Lowes Island home on Feb. 2 and seized a computer. In an interview with investigators Dadgar said that he began looking at child pornography using an online peer-to-peer network during a stressful time when he was unemployed and ultimately downloaded 50 to 100 files. Investigators found more than 600 downloads, some depicting children under age 10, according to an affidavit filed in support of an arrest warrant.
Dadagar faces a sentence of five to 20 years in prison if convicted.