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Brookfield man sentenced to 21 years for producing child porn

By PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader

October 19. 2017 11:30PM


CONCORD — A New Hampshire man was sentenced Thursday to 21 years in federal prison for producing child pornography.

Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced Thursday that Andrew McKenzie, 28, of 256 Wentworth Road in Brookfield was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Concord to 21 years in federal prison for producing child pornography.

On July 5, 2017, McKenzie pleaded guilty to one count of child pornography production. According to court documents and statements made in court, McKenzie was arrested in Oct. 2016 by state police and federal investigators shortly after he was interviewed at his workplace, Sig Sauer, at 18 Industrial Drive in Exeter.

According to police, McKenzie sent sexually explicit photos of a 5-year-old girl to the undercover agent, while the two were chatting on the social media app KiK, investigators said.

Members of an FBI task force, including Manchester police Detective Scott Page, interviewed McKenzie at his workplace. McKenzie allegedly admitted “he sent the child abuse images from his phone while on break from work,” according to a sworn affidavit by state police Trooper Gregory Hildreth.

Investigators sent an emergency disclosure to KiK for subscriber information and internet protocol logs associated with a username, which was allegedly linked to McKenzie, according to investigators. Investigators were able to identify the child shown in the photo the next day.

One witness also identified McKenzie through a profile photograph on the KiK account, investigators said.

McKenzie told investigators that he did not do anything wrong or against the law by taking the photographs, according to an affidavit. He also allegedly told investigators that he sent a photo of the child “to three or four people on KiK,” the affidavit said.

The investigation determined that the images sent by the defendant were of a minor child known to the defendant.

“Preventing the production of child pornography is a high priority of the U.S. Attorney’s Office,” said Farley in a statement. “We are committed to working with our law enforcement partners to identify and prosecute these troubling cases. By aggressively pursuing those who produce child pornography, we hope to deter others from engaging in similar egregious conduct in the future. This horrific conduct is harmful to young children and their families and does serious damage to our entire community.”

pfeely@unionleader.com


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