HAVERHILL MAN SENTENCED FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
BOSTON, Mass...STANLEY R. MACKINNON, 66, of Haverhill, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Rya W. Zobel to 60 months in prison, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to receipt and possession of child pornography.
At the March 24, 2011 plea hearing the prosecutor told the Court that had the case proceeded to trial the Government’s evidence would have proven that MACKINNON ordered and received, through the mail, five child pornography DVDs. He also possessed magazines and Polaroid photographs which contained visual depictions of minors under the age of 18, engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
In an interview with law enforcement, MACKINNON admitted that he ordered the DVDs and further admitted to sexually abusing several children in his home in the 1980's, and taking Polaroid pictures of them.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division; and Robert Bethel, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service made the announcement today. The case was investigated by the USPIS and the Haverhill Police Department. It was 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 was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.