New Hampshire Man Sentenced to Prison for Possession of Child Pornography
The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Kevin Gobin, 56, of Lempster, New Hampshire, was sentenced on July 6, 2017, in United States District Court in Rutland, Vermont, to serve 40 months in federal prison after his guilty plea to one count of possession of child pornography. U.S. District Judge Geoffrey W. Crawford also ordered Gobin to serve a 10-year period of supervised release and to pay a $100 special assessment.
According to court records and proceedings, in April 2014, the Federal Bureau of Investigation executed a warrant to search Gobin’s residence for evidence of child pornography. During the search, numerous computers and other digital media were seized. During a forensic examination of his seized media, the FBI found thousands of images and videos of child pornography. The FBI also found evidence that Gobin belonged to a website that catered to people who wished to trade in child pornography, and that Gobin directly traded child pornography with other offenders over the Internet.
Acting United States Attorney Eugenia A.P. Cowles commended the efforts of the FBI in the investigation and prosecution of Gobin. The prosecution of Gobin was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Barbara A. Masterson. Gobin was represented by Jason Sawyer.
Acting U.S. Attorney Cowles noted that this prosecution is part of the U.S. Department of Justice's Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. 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.