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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 10, 2018

Old Town Man Pleads Guilty to Distribution and Possession of Child Pornography

Bangor, Maine: United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Kenneth McLay, 46, of Old Town, Maine, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court to distribution and possession of child pornography.

According to court records, the defendant obtained sexually explicit videos of a minor from the internet and uploaded some of these videos to a pornographic website that could be accessed by the general public.  In addition, he possessed child pornography on his computer. 

The defendant faces between 15 and 40 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the distribution charge and between 10 and 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the possession charge.  He faces enhanced sentences because of a prior federal conviction for possession of child pornography.  He will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.

The case was investigated by the FBI, the Old Town, Orono, and Bangor Police Departments, the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office, and the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit.  This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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Andrew McCormack Assistant United States Attorney Tel: (207) 945-0373
Updated September 10, 2018