After being found guilty of seven counts of child sexual exploitation, a former corporal with the Pennsylvania State Police was given a prison term of more than twenty years.
On Thursday, December 7, U.S. Attorney Eric G. Olshan said that Sean McKenzie, of Perryopolis, PA, was given a sentence of 276 months (23 years) in jail and 25 years of supervised release for seven counts of child sexual exploitation.
Among those counts were making or trying to make material that shows the sexual exploitation of a minor, having material that shows the sexual exploitation of a minor, and transporting or trying to move material that shows the sexual exploitation of a minor.
McKenzie got three different known children to change and shower in a bathroom with a hidden camera between 2020 and 2021. Then, McKenzie put the videos on a thumb drive and a Dropbox account, along with hundreds of others that showed prepubescent girls, children, and babies being sexually abused.
During this time, McKenzie worked as a corporal for the Pennsylvania State Police. The thumb drive with the information was found in the pocket of his work suit by police. When United States District Judge Cathy Bissoon sentenced McKenzie, she said that he is a danger to society and that he caused a lot of pain and suffering.
United States Attorney Eric G. Olshan said, “This defendant broke his oath as a sworn police officer and hurt the children he was sworn to protect.” “McKenzie’s actions were the ultimate breach of trust, and today’s sentence is further proof that this office and our law enforcement partners will use all federal laws to seek justice for victims of child sexual abuse.”
Homeland Security Investigations—Pittsburgh and the Pennsylvania State Police conducted the study that resulted in McKenzie’s arrest.Heidi M. Grogan, who is an assistant US attorney, led the prosecution of this case for the government.