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Danvers Man Sentenced for Possession of Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON –  A Danvers man was sentenced today for possession of child pornography.

Joseph Corbett, 51, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns to three years in prison and five years of supervised release. In March 2020, Corbett pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography.  

During a search of Corbett’s home on June 14, 2019, an iPhone belonging to him was located. Corbett provided the iPhone’s passcode to authorities and an onsite forensic review revealed images and videos of child pornography. Further review of the iPhone revealed approximately 35 images and approximately seven videos of child pornography, including prepubescent minors. In addition, conversations between Corbett and others on the Kik Messenger application were located that included messages with attached images and videos of child pornography.  

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Michael Shea, Acting Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; Danvers Police Chief Patrick M. Ambrose; and Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Suzanne Sullivan Jacobus 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 locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identity and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

Updated July 30, 2020

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