CLAREMONT MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD PORNOGRAPHY OFFENSE
CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE: United States Attorney John P. Kacavas announced that Steven Massey, of Claremont, appeared in United States District Court yesterday and pled guilty to one count of transportation of child pornography.
The charge was the result of an investigation by Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE). Massey was confronted by ICE Agents in November of 2008, who had reason to believe that he had sent images of child pornography to an individual in Albany, N.Y. A subsequent search of computer discs seized from Massey’s home revealed numerous images depicting the sexual assault of young children which had been downloaded through the internet.
Sentencing is scheduled for April 14, 2009. If the terms of the plea agreement are accepted, the defendant will be sentenced to five years in prison and will be supervised by United States Probation for the rest of his life.
In February 2006, the Department of Justice introduced 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.
This prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Helen White Fitzgibbon who is the U.S. Attorney’s coordinator for Project Safe Childhood.