A Plymouth man was indicted in federal court in Boston Thursday on distribution and possession of child pornography. According to a release from US Attorney Carmen Ortiz's Office, undercover federal agents discovered in May that 25-year-old Brendan Kessler had used a public file sharing service to post child pornography. The grand jury charged Kessler with distribution of child pornography and two counts of possession of child pornography.
On September 2, Plymouth police and federal agents raided Kessler's Rocky Pond Road home and seized a computer, hard drives and media storage devices containing images and video depicting child pornography, the release said.
Federal agents and officers also found 14 unsecured firearms, several of which were loaded, ammunition, boxes of fireworks, detonator cords and remote firing switches. Authorities also found handwritten journals included one reportedly entitled "Mass Murder Book" in the home.
Kessler was arrested following the raid and has been in federal custody since.
The charge of distributing child pornography carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison with a minimum sentence of 5 years. The charge of possession carries a maximum penalty of 10 years. Both charges require a lifetime of supervised release regardless of the prison sentence.