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Hermitage Man Sentenced To 51 Months In Prison, Fined For Possessing Child Pornography

August 25, 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Hermitage, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 51 months in prison, a lifetime supervised release term, and a $25,000 fine on his conviction of possession of child pornography, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Senior United States District Judge Alan N. Bloch imposed the sentence on William S. Kennedy, 55.

According to information presented to the court, Kennedy illegally possessed child pornography videos and images on Dec. 22, 2009.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Bloch denied the defendant's request for a downward departure or variance from the Sentencing Guidelines.

"Everytime a sexually explicit image of a minor is produced, transmitted, or viewed by these predators, a child is victimized," said John P. Kelleghan, special agent in charge of ICE HSI in Philadelphia.  "Those who believe they can hide behind their stature in the community are mistaken. They will be held accountable for their actions."

Assistant United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Immigration and Customs Enforcement for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Kennedy.

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