New Salem man faces child porn charges

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Staff Writer
Published: 6/14/2019 11:03:42 PM
Modified: 6/14/2019 11:03:28 PM

SPRINGFIELD — A New Salem man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on multiple child pornography offenses.

Nicholas Conkey, 33, was charged Thursday in U.S. District Court in Springfield with two counts of distribution of child pornography, two counts of receiving child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

According to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, “At various times in 2018 and 2019, Conkey is alleged to have sent and received child pornography by email.”

Conkey allegedly was in possession of child pornography depicting children younger than 12 years old on Jan. 18, according to the statement.  

If convicted, Conkey faces a mandatory prison sentence of five years — up to 20 years maximum — for each of the three charges. He would also face up to a lifetime of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Conkey’s case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.

Project Safe Childhood was started in May 2006 by the U.S. Department of Justice, and is led by the department’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section and U.S. attorneys, with federal, state and local resources used to “locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.”

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex J. Grant, of District of Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling’s Springfield Branch Office. 

Reach David McLellan at dmclellan@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 268. 


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