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McKee to enter plea Friday in child porn case

September 04, 2008

The child pornography case against former Maryland Del. Robert A. McKee could be resolved as early as Friday, when McKee is scheduled to appear before a federal judge in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, according to a spokeswoman for the Maryland U.S. attorney's office.

McKee's initial appearance and arraignment are scheduled for 1 p.m. before U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, spokeswoman Marcy Murphy said. McKee will enter his plea at that time, Murphy said.

McKee's attorney, Timothy F. Maloney of Greenbelt, Md., has said McKee is expected to plead guilty to posession of child pornography.

The 59-year-old Republican from Washington County resigned from the General Assembly in February after local deputies, acting on a tip, raided his house in Halfway.

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McKee had material containing images documenting the sexual abuse of children, which had been transported by computer, U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein has alleged.

The Justice Department, in a criminal information filed against McKee on Tuesday, alleges the images were transported across state lines or through foreign commerce.

Conviction on a federal charge of possession of child pornography carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, followed by a maximum of supervised release for life, and a $250,000 fine, the U.S. attorney's office said.

McKee resigned in February as executive director of the local Big Brothers Big Sisters organization.

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