The trial of former Whispering Palms School principal Thomas Weindl will start today, Monday, in the U.S. District Court for the NMI.
The trial is set to commence with jury selection.
Assistant U.S. attorney Rami S. Badawy is prosecuting the case. Attorney David Banes is counsel for Weindl.
The U.S. government charged the 57-year-old Weindl with two counts of receiving child pornography and two counts of accessing child pornography with intent to view it.
Weindl pleaded not guilty.
FBI agents arrested Weindl in June 2012 on charges he used a netbook to review child pornographic materials.
According to the indictment, 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, including oral sex, sexual intercourse, and the lascivious exhibition of the genitals and pubic area.”
The prosecution alleged that Weindl accessed almost 200 websites containing images of child pornography. Weindl also allegedly searched for images depicting violent sexual abuse of children.