A Columbus man was arrested Thursday morning on federal accusations that he persuaded, enticed and coerced a minor to make child pornography, his indictment states.
Joseph Aaron Reese, 31, appeared before U.S. Magistrate G. Mallon Faircloth on Thursday for his first appearance hearing on three charges relating to the possession, receipt and production of illegal pornography, said his defense attorney, Richard Hagler.
The alleged offenses happened between June and December 2009 in the Columbus Division of the Middle District of Georgia, the indictment states.
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According to Hagler, federal authorities allege that his client contacted a minor over the Internet, and that the minor sent images to Reese. “They’re alleging that he induced the minor to do that,” Hagler added. “There has been no physical contact with any minor by my client. That was confirmed by the (FBI) agent.”
Reese pleaded not guilty to the charges, court records state.
Reese was indicted on Wednesday. Faircloth gave him a $50,000 bond, 10 percent of which must be paid in cash, court records show.