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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maine

Friday, May 23, 2014

Hartford Man Sentenced to 6½ Years for Possession of Child Pornography

Contact: Halsey B. Frank
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257

Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that
Stephen Scott Pennington, 41, of Hartford, Maine, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court
by Judge George Singal to 6½ years in prison and five years of supervised release for possession
of child pornography. Pennington pled guilty on November 25, 2013.

According to court records, the defendant used peer-to-peer software to access and make
available for sharing images and videos of child pornography. Federal agents discovered some
of the child pornography online, traced it to Pennington’s computer, seized and examined the
computer, and found over 100 images and over 400 videos of child pornography.

In imposing sentence, Judge Singal observed that child pornography crimes are one of the
worst types because they victimize defenseless children, the images are sickening, and the
defendant did not view it as a problem and made his collection available for sharing on the
Internet. The judge expressed his concern that the defendant still did not get it.

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland
Security Investigations.

Updated January 26, 2015