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Charboneau pre-trial set for March 27

MARQUETTE — The probable cause conference scheduled yesterday for Edward James Charboneau, the Forsyth man charged with 74 felony counts, was adjourned to allow additional time for discovery purposes, according to the Marquette County Prosecutor’s Office.

Charboneau’s final pre-trial is scheduled for March 27 and a jury trial is set for April 14.

The 49-year-old former Marquette resident was arrested on 35 counts of child sexually abusive activity, two counts of child sexually abusive material – aggravated possession, and 37 counts of using a computer to commit a crime, according to court documents.

One count of child sexually abusive activity and one count of using a computer to commit a crime both carry a maximum of 20 years in prison. One count of child sexually abusive material – aggravated possession carries a maximum of 10 years in prison.

Charges were issued after police were investigating Charboneau for embezzlement from a local organization. A press release stated that during the investigation into the embezzlement case, digital devices were seized and “the suspected child sexually abusive materials were found on the devices.”

Charboneau was arrested at a Forsyth Township residence along Eagle Street on Oct. 24. He is currently being lodged at the Marquette County Jail.