CONCORD – Charles Paul Jansen, 35, of Pittsfield, has pleaded guilty in federal court for distributing child pornography, Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced today.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on April 11, 2020, an undercover agent (UC) was investigating Kik with the aim of identifying users who were using the platform to exchange child pornography. Kik is a social media platform that facilitates users’ communication on the internet. The UC has identified an individual who posted an image on a Kik group devoted to the exchange of child pornography. Further investigation indicated that Jansen was the person who published the image. A search warrant was executed at his residence in Pittsfield. During a voluntary interview, Jansen admitted to using Kik and other online applications to view, download and store pornographic images, some of which contained child pornography.
Jansen is expected to be sentenced on January 18, 2022.
“Protecting innocent children is one of the primary duties of law enforcement,” Acting US Attorney Farley said. “As part of our efforts to fulfill this duty, the law enforcement community is committed to identifying and prosecuting those who engage in child pornography crimes. Those who distribute these gruesome images are victimizing more innocent victims of child sexual abuse. As this case shows, such illegal conduct will not be tolerated in New Hampshire. ”
“Put simply, Charles Jansen is a predator who today admitted to sexually exploiting children by distributing and exchanging their images online for his own satisfaction,” said Joseph R. Bonavolonta, special agent in charge of the division. of Boston from the FBI. “What he has done is despicable, and the FBI and our partners will never stop fighting to protect children and ensure that their abusers are held accountable.”
This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pittsfield Police Department. The case is being continued by US Deputy Prosecutor Kasey Weiland.
In February 2006, the Department of Justice launched Project Safe Childhood, a national initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorney’s Offices, Project Safe Childhood brings together federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute those who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information on Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.