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Former Maryland Del. Robert A. McKee released from federal prison

September 16, 2011|By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com
  • Former Maryland Del. Robert A. McKee
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Former Maryland Del. Robert A. McKee was released from federal prison Friday after serving a sentence for possessing child pornography, according to a Federal Bureau of Prisons official.

In November 2008, U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles Jr. sentenced McKee to 37 months in prison, starting in January 2009.

McKee was released after about 32 months because of "good time" credit, which inmates get if they follow the rules.

Although McKee's release date officially was to be Sunday, the bureau generally doesn't release prisoners on weekends, so it was moved up to Friday, spokesman Chris Burke said.

McKee, 62, served his time at the federal correctional institution in Fort Dix, N.J.

McKee, a Republican, represented Washington County's Subdistrict 2A in the Maryland General Assembly from 1995 until 2008, when he suddenly resigned his seat amid an investigation into whether he possessed child pornography.

Authorities searched McKee's home in Halfway on Jan. 31, 2008. At the time, Washington County Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore said investigators seized two computers, about 30 videotapes and a "significant amount" of printed material, including magazines.

McKee resigned from the House of Delegates two weeks later. He also resigned as executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County.

On Sept. 2, 2008, police charged McKee with possessing child pornography.

Prosecutors said they had evidence of McKee collecting child pornography as far back as 10 years earlier.

When Quarles sentenced him in November 2008, McKee told the judge, "In the eyes of God, I committed a sin."

Besides 37 months in prison, Quarles also ordered McKee to register as a sex offender and to be supervised for life by a federal probation office.

Timothy F. Maloney, an attorney and former state legislator who represented McKee in court, did not return a message left for him at his office late Friday afternoon.

Burke said the federal prison system gives inmates their good-time credits up front, then adds time back to a sentence if the inmate doesn't follow the rules.

Inmates can have up to 47 days trimmed from each year of their sentence, Burke said. The credits are prorated for a portion of a year.

After McKee resigned, the Washington County Republican Central Committee received 19 applications for his seat. The committee selected Andrew A. Serafini, who was sworn in on March 7, 2008, after Gov. Martin O'Malley formally appointed him.

Serafini won an election last fall for a full four-year term.

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