Federal Charges Against Man Accused of Making Bombs

By: Michael Gorsegner
By: Michael Gorsegner

March 16, 2006

New charges have been levied against the man investigators say was making bombs inside his Albemarle County home. A United States grand jury has indicted 23-year-old Jonathan Dean on four federal counts, including making bombs.

Some of the original allegations of bomb making have stayed the same against Jonathan Dean, but investigators say they also found child pornography on one of his home computers. Because of these new charges, the U.S. Attorney has decided to pursue the case.

Dean was arrested last November after a neighbor at his Park's Edge Apartment called police saying they smelled an odor of gas coming from his home. When police and fire officials responded, they allegedly found bomb making materials and a bomb in his backpack. A more thorough investigation of his apartment, including his computer, found not just the bomb making materials, but also child pornography.

With this new information, the United States Attorney decided to take the case over from Albemarle County. Dean is being charged with two counts of possession of a destructive device, one count of possession of child pornography and one count of forfeiture.

If convicted on all counts, Dean faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He will next appear in court on Monday, March 20 at 9:30 a.m.

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