Most people might look at the title and assume the Sherriff’s Deputy was the one who saved the day. WRONG! He was the one guilty. As I’ve said before, Child Pornographers come from all walks of life.
MICHAEL PAUL KENNEDY, 32, pleaded guilty to transporting or shipping child pornography, receipt of child pornography, and possession of child pornography on October 3, 2007. On March 12, 2008, KENNEDY was sentenced to 97 months in federal prison for his choices.
On October 7, 2006, law enforcement officers acting on information received from a federal investigation into on-line child pornography sites, interviewed KENNEDY in Nacogdoches and subsequently took possession of his personal computer. The computer was found to contain over a thousand images of child pornography. At the time of the investigation, KENNEDY was employed as a Lieutenant with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office. He is no longer employed with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office.
In February 2006, the Department of Justice created Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. The playground is dramatically different today than when most parents today were reared.
“He (Kennedy) stood up and took responsibility for his actions and apologized to his friends, family and his community,” Heath said. “It’s an unfortunate and tragic thing, and he has recognized that there are absolutely victims even if all you are doing is viewing a picture.
Every choice has a consequence. As a white collar crime and teen ethics speaker, I speak from first hand experience about the truth about consequences. Reality is – no one escapes the consequences of their choices. While Kennedy avoided the consequences for a time – they are not avoided forever. You do reap what you sow.
White Collar Crime Speaker – Chuck Gallagher – signing off…