Pittsfield Man Pleads Guilty to Distribution of Child Sexual Abuse Material
CONCORD - Charles Paul Jansen, 35, of Pittsfield, pleaded guilty in federal court to distribution of child pornography, Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced today.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on April 11, 2020, an undercover officer (UC) was conducting an investigation on Kik in an attempt to identify users who were using the platform to exchange child sexual abuse material. Kik is a social media platform that facilitates communication by users over the internet. The UC identified an individual who posted an image to a Kik group devoted to the exchange of child sexual abuse material. Further investigation indicated identified Jansen as the individual who posted the image. A search warrant was executed at his residence in Pittsfield. During a voluntary interview, Jansen admitted using Kik and other online applications to view, download, and store pornographic images, some of which contained child sexual abuse material.
Jansen is scheduled to be sentenced on January 18, 2022.
“Protecting innocent children is one of the foremost duties of law enforcement,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Farley. “As part of our effort to fulfill this duty, the law enforcement community is committed to identifying and prosecuting those who engage in child pornography crimes. Those who distribute these horrific images are further victimizing innocent victims of child sexual abuse. As this case demonstrates, such unlawful conduct will not be tolerated in New Hampshire.”
“Simply put, Charles Jansen is a predator who admitted today to sexually exploiting children by distributing and exchanging their images online for his own gratification,” said Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division. “What he did is despicable, and the FBI and our partners won’t ever stop fighting to protect children and making sure their abusers are held accountable.”
This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pittsfield Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kasey Weiland.
In February 2006, the Department of Justice introduced Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorney’s Offices, 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 identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.