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U.S. Attorney’s Office
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 24, 2018

Third Federal Inmate at Fort Dix Sentenced to Additional 160 Months for Possessing Images and Videos of Child Sexual Abuse While in Prison

CAMDEN, N.J. – A Brookhaven, Pennsylvania, man was sentenced today to an additional 160 months in prison for 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, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez to an information charging him with one count of possession of child pornography. Judge Rodriguez imposed the sentence today in Camden federal court.

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.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Rodriguez sentenced McKay to 10 years of supervised release. Restitution will be determined at a later date.

Six other inmates – all of whom were serving sentences for prior child pornography offenses while committing the alleged crimes in this case – have pleaded guilty: Erik M. Smith, 36, of Iron Mountain, Michigan; Anthony C. Jeffries, 32, of Orange, Virginia; Jordan T. Allen, 31, of Plain City, Ohio; Christopher D. Roffler, 30, of Virginia Beach, Virginia; Jacob S. Good, 26, of Fredericksburg, Virginia; and Charles Wesley Bush, 38, of Knoxville, Tennessee. Smith was sentenced to 151 months in prison and Good was sentenced to 10 years in prison; the other four defendants are awaiting sentencing.

William H. Noble, 52, of Lowell, Massachusetts, was indicted on May 23, 2018, and is scheduled for trial next year. The charges and allegations against Noble are merely accusations, and he is 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: 
18-322
Updated September 24, 2018