Man guilty of dozens of sex counts

Edward James Charboneau

MARQUETTE — A jury convicted a 52-year-old Marquette man on dozens of felony charges related to child sexually abusive activity Thursday.

The Marquette County Prosecutors Office said Edward James Charboneau was convicted after a three-day trial on 28 counts of child sexually abusive activity and 28 counts of using a computer to commit a crime in the 25th Circuit Court.

Each offense carries a maximum penalty of 20 years.

He was also convicted on two counts of aggravated possession of child sexually abusive material, with a maximum penalty of 10 years, and two corresponding counts of using a computer to commit a crime that carry a maximun penalty of 20 years.

In total, Charboneau was convicted of 66 felonies and under Michigan law use of a computer to commit a crime can be sentenced consecutively to a sentence imposed for child sexually abusive crimes.

Sentencing will take place in about six weeks.

Marquette County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wiese and Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jill Hoffman prosecuted the case on behalf of the people of the State of Michigan. The case was investigated by Detective Chris Aldrich of the Marquette City Police Department with the help of the Michigan State Police Computer Crimes Unit.


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