A Jefferson man was charged with possession of child pornography, according to a release.

David Roehl, 32, of Jefferson was charged with possessing a hard drive containing visual depictions of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct, according to the release.

Officials say the indictment alleges Roehl possessed the child pornography on March 8, 2011.

Roehl faces a mandatory penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a maximum penalty of 20 years, according to the release.

This case was brought on as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, according to the release.