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FORMER HIGH SCHOOL SWIM COACH RECEIVES FIVE YEAR SENTENCE ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES

FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011

BOSTON, Mass.- A North Attleboro man and former swim coach was sentenced today in federal court on child pornography charges.

TIMOTHY S. KELLY, 40, was sentenced by United States District Judge Richard G. Stearns to five years in federal prison to be followed by five years of supervised release. KELLY is required to self-report to the U.S. Marshals Service on July 1, 2011.

KELLY, who pleaded guilty to four counts of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography in February, used an online chat program, Google Hello, to communicate with others and transmit pictures 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.

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 (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Boston, and North Attleboro Police Chief Michael P. Gould, Sr. made the announcement today. The case was investigated by ICE HSI and the North Attleboro Police Department. 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 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.

 

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