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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Taunton Man Sentenced To 17 Years For Child Pornography Offenses

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BOSTON – A Taunton man was sentenced today for producing and transporting child pornography.

David McLellan, 31, of Taunton, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Rya Zobel to 17 years in prison and 15 years of supervised release. In February 2014, McLellan pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of children and transportation of child pornography.

After an undercover agent downloaded child pornography on a peer-to-peer file sharing network from McLellan, federal agents obtained a search warrant for McLellan’s residence and seized multiple items of computer media. Computer forensic examination revealed McLellan possessed six million images of child pornography and child erotica of prepubescent children and infants.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Vincent B. Lisi, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division, made the announcement today. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Eve A. Piemonte Stacey of Ortiz's Major Crimes Unit.

The case is brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In 2006, the Department of Justice created Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the DOJ’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.