Former ‘Top Chef: Just Desserts’ Finalist Indicted on Child Pornography Charges

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No amount of fondant can cover up the crimes of former Top Chef: Just Desserts finalist Morgan Wilson, who was recently indicted on three counts of possession with the intent to distribute child pornography.

Wilson was arrested less than a month after the Just Desserts season one finale aired in December 2010. He was arrested after undercover investigators in Plano, Texas, received files via a peer-to-peer file-sharing service. The files contained images and videos of children as young as toddlers engaged in sexual acts. As reported by the Texas Star-Courier police subsequently searched Wilson’s home, where they say he signed and dated pornographic images he admitted he’d viewed.

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Fans of the show may recall that the hot-headed Wilson had a young son and the chef would frequently tear up talking about him on camera.

The New York Daily News reports that Wilson was released Dec. 16, 2010 on a $10,000 bond, under the stipulation that he would not have access to any computer without monitoring software. He is facing up to 10 years in prison if convicted of the charges.

According to his bio on the Bravo website, Wilson studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and worked alongside some of the most famous chefs in the world, including Francoise Payard. Wilson was employed as an executive pastry chef at the Ritz Carlton in Dallas, Texas until the story broke in the Texas Star-Courier. If convicted, the prisoners in the federal penitentiary may find themselves with a four-star pastry chef on the premises.

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