An Anchorage man is facing federal charges for allegedly possessing and distributing child pornography.

According to a news release from the office of the U.S. Attorney for Alaska, Shannon Robert Bell, 53, was arraigned on federal child porn charges Monday afternoon.

“The indictment alleges that on Sept. 29, 2018, Bell knowingly distributed child pornography involving prepubescent minors, or minors who have not attained 12 years of age, by any means and facility of interstate and foreign commerce,” the release states.

The U.S. Attorney for Alaska says Bell is from Anchorage where he worked as a clinical therapist at multiple inpatient treatment facilities for children.

Other allegations in the indictment state on July 1, 2019, Bell knowingly possessed and accessed pornographic material with the intention to view images of child porn, including those involving prepubescent minors.

Bell faces a sentence between five and 20 years in prison if convicted. The U.S. Attorney for Alaska says Bell’s sentence will be based upon the seriousness of the offense and his prior criminal history.

This case is part of Project Safe Childhood, a national initiative to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Project Safe Childhood was launched by the Department of Justice in 2006.

Anyone with information about Shannon Robert Bell is asked to contact the Anchorage FBI at 907-276-4441.

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