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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Bellingham Man Sentenced for Child Pornography

BOSTON – A Bellingham man was sentenced today in federal court in Boston on child pornography charges.

John E. Kalinowski, 30, was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Court Judge Mark L. Wolf to five years in prison and five years of supervised release. Upon release from custody, Kalinowski will be required to register with the Sex Offender Registry Board in any state or jurisdiction where he works or resides. In May 2016, Kalinowski pleaded guilty to one count of receipt and attempted receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. Kalinowski has been in custody since his arrest in September 2014.

In August 2014, an individual reported to their local police department that she had observed images of pornography on her minor daughter’s iPad. The child was interviewed and told the police that the images were sent to her by Kalinowski. 

In September 2014, a search of Kalinowski’s home resulted in the seizure of computers, hard drives, and other media storage devices. A preliminary review of the devices revealed images of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Law enforcement officers also recovered numerous articles of children’s undergarments from Kalinowski’s home.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Delany De Leon-Colon, Acting Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; Whitman Police Chief Scott D. Benton; and Bellingham Police Chief Gerard L. Daigle Jr. made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth G. Shine of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit prosecuted the case.  

The case is 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 exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the DOJ’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

Project Safe Childhood
Updated June 5, 2018