Fairfield man indicted on federal child pornography charges

BENTON — A Federal Grand Jury has returned a five-count indictment against a 21-year-old Fairfield, man on charges he produced child pornography.

Zachary R. Wheeler was indicted August 4 by a Grand Jury seated in Benton. Following a detention hearing on Monday, Wheeler was ordered held without bond pending trial.

All five counts charge Wheeler with the production of child pornography involving a minor girl under the age of 18. The dates on which Wheeler is charged with production of child pornography, which occurred in 2014, are May 31, June 12, June 13, June 16, and June 17.

With respect to each Count, if convicted, Wheeler faces a minimum sentence of fifteen years, up to a maximum of thirty years in federal prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of at least five years.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. The Franklin County State’s Attorney’s Office assisted in the investigation of this case.

The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney George Norwood.