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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 15, 2019

Old Town Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Distribution and Possession of Child Pornography

Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Kenneth McLay, 47, of Old Town, Maine, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. to 20 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release for distribution and possession of child pornography.  The defendant pled guilty to these charges on September 10, 2018.

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 conclusion I have to arrive at, and I don’t do it lightly, is you are fundamentally incorrigible; you cannot stop yourself,” said Judge Woodcock during the sentencing.  “You represent a clear and present danger to children in our society because you simply cannot stop sexualizing them.”

The case was investigated by the FBI, the Old Town and Orono 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 March 18, 2019