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Friday, November 15, 2019

Duxbury Man Arrested on Child Pornography Charge

BOSTON – A Duxbury man was arrested and charged with a child pornography offense. 

Louis Ackerman Jr., 45, was charged by criminal complaint with possession of child pornography. Ackerman had his initial appearance this afternoon before Magistrate Judge Donald L. Cabell who will schedule a detention hearing for next week.  Ackerman remains in custody.

According to the charging document, during the execution of a federal search warrant at Ackerman’s home today, law enforcement found hundreds of videos and images of child pornography on his laptop and multiple printed computer pages depicting child pornography under his bed. 

The charging statute provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, a minimum of five years and up to a lifetime of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Joseph W. Cronin, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Boston Field Division; Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintendent of Massachusetts State Police; Barnstable Police Chief Matthew Sonnabend; and Duxbury Police Chief Stephen McDonald made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Suzanne Sullivan Jacobus of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting 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 identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.

The details contained in the charging document are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Updated November 15, 2019