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Former State Delegate Robert McKee Charged with Possession of Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 2, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland - A criminal information was filed today charging Robert Alan McKee, age 59, of Hagerstown, with possession of child pornography, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. McKee, a member of the Maryland House of Delegates since 1994, resigned from office earlier this year.

According to the information, on January 31, 2008, Mr. McKee possessed material containing images documenting the sexual abuse of children, which had been transported by computer.

McKee faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, followed by supervised release for life, and a fine of $250,000 for possession of child pornography. No court appearance has been scheduled.

A criminal information is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by criminal information is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States 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. Details about Maryland’s program are available at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/md/Safe-Childhood/index.html.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington County Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore and Washington County State’s Attorney Charles P. Strong, Jr. , and their offices, for their work in this investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorney Bonnie S. Greenberg, who is prosecuting the case.

 

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