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Charles Turcotte, 19, of Wakefield, leaves the courtroom Wednesday followed by Steve Mirkin, his public defender. (Bea Lewis/Correspondent)

Wakefield teen now facing 21 felonies for child porn


OSSIPEE — A Wakefield man arrested last fall on 10 counts of possession of child pornography is now facing new charges.

Charles Turcotte, 19, has been indicted on 21 counts of possession of child sex abuse images. He appeared Wednesday in Carroll County Superior Court for arraignment, but met privately with his defense attorney and the clerk of court. He was allowed to remain free on $25,000 personal recognizance bond.

The indictments allege that on Oct. 4, 2016, at his home address in Wakefield, Turcotte possessed videos and images depicting children under the age of 13 engaged in sexual acts.

Judge Amy L. Ignatius continued a prior provision of bail that Turcotte have no contact with anyone under the age of 16, except for his stepbrother, but even then in the presence of a responsible adult.

He was barred from any internet activity including access via computer or cellphone. A more formal arraignment was unnecessary as the parties had reached an agreement, Ignatius said.

Last winter, a judge approved a defense request to loosen some of Turcotte's bail restrictions to allow him to go online for educational purposes under adult supervision. At that time Turcotte was 18 years old.

On Dec. 15, Judge James Patten ruled Turcotte could use a laptop belonging to his mother "provided such use is limited to solely pursuing online courses for his education and under constant supervision of his mother, or stepfather, while the computer is in use in his mother's home."

Turcotte also is subject to a 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew set by the court.

Wearing a hooded camouflage-patterned sweatshirt, Turcotte signed an extradition waiver and filled out a financial affidavit to show he remains eligible for a public defender as he is indigent and unemployed.

Each of the charges is a Class A felony punishable by a maximum 7.5 to 15 years in prison and a $4,000 fine.

A dispositional conference to set deadlines for motions and a trial date is scheduled for June 29 at 9 a.m.