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Former head of juvenile detention center charged with possession of child pornography

A former superintendent of an Anchorage juvenile detention facility was indicted Wednesday on possession of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Anchorage.

A federal grand jury returned the indictment against 54-year-old Dennis Weston of Anchorage on one count of sexual exploitation of a child for possessing in June "visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct" on a computer or digital device, federal prosecutors said.

Weston is former deputy director of operations at the Department of Juvenile Justice and previously worked as superintendent at the McLaughlin Youth Center and Johnson Youth Center in Juneau.

The FBI conducted the investigation that led to the indictment. Members of the public with additional information or concerns about Weston's activities can contact the FBI at 907-276-4441.

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