FORMER HIGH SCHOOL SWIM COACH PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
BOSTON, Mass. - A North Attleboro man pleaded guilty today in federal court of Receipt and Possession of Child Pornography.
TIMOTHY S. KELLY, 40, of North Attleboro, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard G. Stearns to four counts of Receipt of Child Pornography and one count of Possession of Child Pornography.
At today’s plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that had the case proceeded to trial the Government’s evidence would have proven that KELLY used online chat program Google Hello to communicate with others and transmit pictures to them in real time. In chats from 2007 and 2008, KELLY received images of child pornography and discussed his sexual interest in girls between the ages of eight and 13 years old. During the execution of a federal search warrant at his residence, KELLY admitted to collecting and trading child pornography since 2003. The images he received and possessed included prepubescent children engaged in multiple acts of sexually explicit conduct.
Judge Stearns scheduled sentencing for May 18, 2011. KELLY faces up to 20 years imprisonment for each count of receipt of child pornography and up to 10 years imprisonment for possession of child pornography, to be followed by up to a lifetime of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.
KELLY had previously been employed as a swim coach for the Attleboro YMCA and North Attleboro High School.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, Bruce M. Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston and Chief Michael P. Gould, Sr. of the North Attleboro Police made the announcement today. In coordination with the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, it is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Yoon of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit and Trial Attorney Bonnie Kane of the Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation & Obscenity Section.
This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In February 2006, the Department of Justice created Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.