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City man pleads guilty in child porn case

Sentencing postponed pending hearing to determine criminal responsibility

Sentencing postponed pending hearing to determine criminal responsibility

November 04, 2009|By BRIDGET DiCOSMO

HAGERSTOWN -- A Hagerstown man pleaded guilty Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court to charges related to downloading child pornography on his computer, according to court records.

William A. Keck, 23, of 800 Dual Highway, originally faced 23 counts of child pornography offenses and 17 other charges stemming from separate incidents, but records show the court opted to consolidate the cases.

Keck pleaded guilty Tuesday to a second-degree sex offense charge and two counts of child pornography film in sex act. The remaining charges against Keck were dropped, court records said.

Following the plea, Keck's $35,000 bond was revoked and sentencing was postponed pending a hearing to determine criminal responsibility, according to court records.

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On May 5, 2007, Washington County Sheriff's deputies served a search warrant at Keck's residence and seized several computers, CDs and DVDs suspected to contain acts of child pornography, court records said.

After making the seizures, deputies asked Keck if he would consent to an interview, and he agreed. Keck's mother was allowed to accompany him to the interview after telling deputies she thought her son's low IQ might affect his ability to understand the questions, according to court records.

During the interview with investigators, Keck gave a taped statement indicating he used a file-sharing program to download 80 files of pornography at a time, according to court records.

At a suppression hearing in March, the defense argued that statements Keck made to deputies in May of 2007 should be thrown out, citing Keck's mental capacity and his claim that deputies promised him he wouldn't be "locked up" if he told the truth.

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