Plymouth man pleads guilty to possessing and distributing child pornography

Brendan R. Kessler to be sentenced on June 10th

A Plymouth man pleaded guilty to possession and distribution of child pornography in federal court on Friday.  According to a release from the Office of US Attorney Carmen Ortiz, 25-year-old Brendan A. Kessler of Rocky Pond Road in Plymouth will be sentenced by US District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton on June 10, 2015.

Kessler was indicted on child pornography possession and distribution charges in October 2014.  In May 2014, federal law enforcement learned that Kessler was posting files via the file sharing program Lime Wire and on September 2, 2014, federal agents executed a search warrant at Kessler's Rocky Pond Road home. There investigators seized a computer and digital storage devices containing multiple images of child pornography. 

In addition to the computer equipment, agents seized several boxes of fireworks, detonator cords, remote firing switches, a list of chemicals need to create explosives and a hand-written journal titled "Mass Murder Book", according to the US Attorney's Office.

Fourteen firearms (3 semi-automatic pistols, 3 shotguns and 8 rifles) and ammunition were also confiscated during the raid.

Kessler was arrested and has been in federal custody since.

For the charges of distribution and possession of child pornography, Kessler faces up to 20 years in prison, with a mandatory five year minimum term, followed by no less than five years and up to a lifetime of supervised release, according to the US Attorney's Office. According to a plea agreement, Kessler recommends a sentence of no less than 63 months and the government, a sentence of no greater than 78 months, the release said.

The case was prosecuted by Kenneth G. Shine of US Attorney Ortiz's Major Crime Unit. The case was investigated by the FBI, Massachusetts State Police and Plymouth Police.


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