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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Fourth Federal Inmate At Fort Dix Admits Possessing Images And Videos Of Child Sexual Abuse While In Prison

CAMDEN, N.J. – A Brookhaven, Pennsylvania, man today admitted possessing hundreds of images and videos of child sexual abuse while imprisoned at Federal Correctional Institution Fort Dix for previous offenses involving the distribution and possession of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Brian J. McKay, 47, pleaded guilty before Senior U.S. District Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez in Camden federal court to an information charging him with one count of possession of child pornography.

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

McKay admitted that he possessed two micro SD Cards which together contained a total of approximately 593 images and 645 videos of child pornography, some of which depicted children being sexually abused and sadistic and masochistic sexual conduct involving infants and toddlers. In connection with his plea, McKay also admitted that he distributed child pornography to another inmate.

McKay and seven other inmates were arrested in April 2017 and February 2018 following an FBI investigation involving multiple covert recordings and several cooperating inmates. The investigation revealed that McKay and other inmates utilized contraband cellphones, micro SD cards, and access to the internet to obtain, view, and distribute child pornography within the prison. A co-defendant organized and helped facilitate this criminal activity by maintaining cloud accounts that were used as repositories for child pornography.

At sentencing, McKay faces a mandatory minimum term of 10 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 6, 2018.

Three other inmates – Erik M. Smith, 36, of Iron Mountain, Michigan, Anthony C. Jeffries, 32, of Orange, Virginia, and Jordan T. Allen, 31, of Plain City, Ohio – have also pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and await sentencing.

Charges remain pending against Christopher D. Roffler, 30, of Virginia Beach, Virginia; Jacob S. Good, 26, of Fredericksburg, Virginia; William H. Noble, 52, of Lowell, Massachusetts; and Charles Wesley Bush, 38, of Knoxville, Tennessee, all of whom were serving sentences for prior child pornography offenses while committing the alleged crimes in this case. The pending charges and allegations are merely accusations, and these defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie in Newark, with the investigation. He also thanked officials of the Bureau of Prisons at Federal Correctional Institution Fort Dix for their assistance.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gabriel J. Vidoni and Alyson M. Oswald of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Camden.

Defense counsel: John B. Brennan Esq., Camden

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Project Safe Childhood
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Press Release Number: 
18-172
Updated April 24, 2018