June 21, 2018
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Orono man to serve 6 months for possessing child pornography

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — An Orono man was sentenced Monday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to 30 months in prison with all but six months suspended for possessing child pornography.

Edward Kennerknecht, 40, also was sentenced to two years of probation after pleading no contest to one count of possession of sexually explicit materials.

Under Maine law, he will be required to register as a sex offender for 10 years.

The investigation that led to Kennerknecht being charged began in May 2011 when the Pennsylvania State Police told the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office that investigators had traced an IP address to a home in Bradley while monitoring a site where child pornography was known to be shared, Michael Roberts, deputy district attorney for Penobscot County, told Superior Court Justice Kevin Cuddy.

No child pornography was found on computers owned by the Bradley man to whom the IP address was traced, the prosecutor said. Kennerknecht was at the home when police went to investigate and admitted that he had used his friend’s router to download items to his own computer.

Roberts said that a search of Kennerknecht’s laptop found 58 still photographs and 168 videos that showed children under the age of 12 having sex with adults.

Kennerknecht was indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury in January 2013 on one count of the Class C crime.

He was arrested in the following month and has remained at the Penobscot County Jail since then unable to make $750 bail, according to Roberts.

Cuddy ordered Monday that the time Kennerknecht has been in jail awaiting the outcome of his case be applied to his sentence.

Kennerknecht faced up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

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