Former Whispering Palms School principal Thomas Weindl yesterday pleaded not guilty to the indictment filed against him for allegedly using a netbook to view several child pornographic materials.
The indictment charged the 57-year-old Weindl with two counts of receipt of child pornography, and two counts of access with intent to view child pornography.
At yesterday's arraignment, Weindl appeared with court-appointed counsel David Banes. Assistant U.S. attorney Rami Badawy represented the U.S. government.
U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona set the jury trial for Oct. 1, 2012.
According to the indictment filed on Tuesday, on June 15 and 18, 2012, Weindl received or attempted to receive “still image and video files depicting minor children engaging in sexually explicit conduct.”
The defendant allegedly “knowingly accessed with intent to view the material that contains such image of child pornography.”
The prosecution alleged that as indicated in the e-blaster reports, Weindl searched for and accessed almost 200 websites containing images of child pornography.
E-blaster is a computer and Internet monitoring software program.
The prosecution said several of the searches conducted and websites accessed, specifically reference “eleven year old girl” and “twelve year old” engaging in sexual conduct.
The prosecution said Weindl also searched for images depicting the violent sexual abuse of children.