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星期一, 4月 24, 2017

WALPOLE MAN SENTENCED TO JAIL IN CONNECTION WITH SEXUALLY EXPLOITING A CHILD

WALPOLE MAN PLEADS GUILTY, SENTENCED TO JAIL IN CONNECTION WITH SEXUALLY EXPLOITING A CHILD AND POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

BOSTON – A Walpole man has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to nine months in jail in connection with sexually exploiting a child and possessing child pornography on personal devices kept at his home and his state office, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.

Michael Kickham, age 54, pleaded guilty today in Suffolk Superior Court to the charges of Posing a Child in a State of Nudity (two counts) and Possession of Child Pornography (two counts). Following his plea, Judge Kenneth Fishman sentenced Kickham to serve nine months in the House of Correction followed by five years of probation. The AG’s Office recommended a sentence of two to three years in state prison followed by five years of probation.

Kickham was arrested in February 2016 by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Office, Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office and Walpole Police.

            Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office began an investigation in October 2015 after receiving information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) about an online account that had allegedly uploaded an image of child pornography. Investigators traced the online accounts to Kickham.

            On Jan. 27, 2016, State Police assigned to the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office executed a search warrant authorizing the search of all computers and storage devices found in Kickham’s Walpole residence.  Based on information learned during the execution of that warrant, officials later executed a second search warrant authorizing the search of all computers and storage devices at his then office in the Administrative Office of the Juvenile Court. The case was also referred to Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Office. Subsequent investigation of devices seized revealed alleged images of child pornography and evidence of posing children in a state of nudity.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Megan McLaughlin, of AG Healey’s Enterprise, Major and Cyber Crime Division. It was investigated by the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office, Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General’s Office, Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office and investigators from the AG’s Digital Evidence Lab, with assistance from Walpole Police.