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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Jersey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 30, 2017

Atlantic City Man Charged With Receipt Of Child Pornography

CAMDEN, N.J. – An Atlantic City, New Jersey, man appeared in federal court today to face charges that he received images of child sexual abuse, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced.

Keith M. Clack, 41, is charged by complaint with knowingly receiving images of child pornography. Clack appeared this morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen M. Williams in Camden federal court and was detained.

According to the documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

In May 2017, law enforcement officers conducted an undercover operation in which electronic devices later identified as belonging to Clack were detected accessing and downloading more than 3,500 images of child pornography, including images of infants and toddlers being sexually abused, and child erotica.  

Because Clack has a prior conviction for sexual assault on a minor and endangering the welfare of a minor, if convicted of the charge in the complaint, he faces a 15-year mandatory minimum term of imprisonment and a maximum potential sentence of 40 years in prison (increased from the ordinary five-year mandatory minimum and 20-year maximum terms).  Clack also faces additional penalties upon conviction, including the greater of a $250,000 fine, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense, and a term of supervised release of at least five years and up to life.

Acting U.S. Attorney Fitzpatrick credited special agents with the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Timothy Gallagher in Newark; the Atlantic City Police Department, under the direction of Chief Henry White; the Atlantic City Sheriff’s Department, under the direction of Frank Balles; the New Jersey Human Services Police, under the direction of Director Timothy Gallagher; and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Damon Tyner, with the investigation.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Diana Vondra Carrig and Patrick Askin of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Camden.

Defense Counsel: Thomas Young Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Camden

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
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Press Release Number: 
17-215
Updated June 30, 2017