Man Sentenced For Possession Of Child Sex Abuse Material
Michael Dukette, 31, of Manchester, was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison for possession of child sex abuse material, United States Attorney Jane E. Young announced today.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in June 2018 an individual reported potential child exploitation images to the Hudson Police Department. The individual had lent an iPhone to another person and after it was returned, the individual found an email containing four videos that showed Dukette sexually exploiting a sleeping child. Dukette subsequently admitted to police during voluntary interviews that he made and kept the videos. Further investigation revealed the child in the videos was five years old at the time the videos were made.
Dukette, who pleaded guilty on April 5, 2022, will be on supervised release for 5 years after serving his prison sentence.
“The production of child sex abuse materials victimizes the most vulnerable members of our communities,” said U.S. Attorney Young. “Protecting children from harm is a paramount obligation of the law enforcement community, and the United States Attorney’s Office will aggressively investigate and prosecute these crimes. I am grateful for the hard work of our law enforcement partners who assisted us in holding this defendant accountable.”
“This case shows that when members of the public come forward when they see something wrong, it can help put offenders like Dukette behind bars. To possess child sexual abuse material is to possess the permanent documentation of the sexual exploitation of a child. HSI is committed to pursuing anyone who participates in these crimes and bringing them to justice,” said Special Agent in Charge Matthew Millhollin for Homeland Security Investigations in New England.
This matter was investigated by the Hudson Police Department, the Nashua Police Department, and Homeland Security Investigations.
In February 2006, the Department of Justice introduced Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorney’s Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.