In July of 2007 a Quincy Police officer saw William McKinley “acting affectionately” with a teenager in the lobby of a hotel. After an investigation the officer learned that the subject had been “red flagged” by a federal agency for possible sex crimes involving a minor. Subsequently McKinley’s hotel room was raided. A laptop containing pictures of child pornographic material was found on its hard drive. Also in the room was the teenager who the officer observed earlier, later identified as a sixteen year old boy. The boy told the police that McKinley gave him a drink, showed him pictures of naked boys and that the two had sex. No charges were brought against McKinley for having sex with the boy but he was charged with possession of child pornography and distributing obscene material to a minor. He was sentenced to three years in state prison. McKinley has already served time for cocaine charges and indecent assault on a child.
It is likely that the child pornography statute under which McKinley was prosecuted is Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 272 Section 29C. That law makes it a crime to possess child pornography and permits a sentence of up to 5 years in prison for the first offense. There is a minimum mandatory sentence of 5 years on second offenses.
The Law Offices of Stephen Neyman defends sex crimes in Massachusetts including crimes involving allegations of child pornography possession. These charges are quite serious but often defensible. If you have been charged with a crime in Massachusetts call Attorney Stephen at 617-263-6800 or contact our office online.