George McKee, 54, of Kingsland, Georgia has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, followed by 20 years of supervised release, for distributing child pornography.
According to evidence, McKee, who was employed by a security services contractor at Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay, Georgia, engaged in sexually suggestive chats and distributed child pornography online in late 2009. When a search warrant was executed at his home in March 2011, authorities found child pornography on his computer.
"The distribution of images depicting the sexual abuse of innocent children is a heinous crime. This abuse continued every time the Defendant electronically transferred the despicable images to others. There is no higher priority within the Department of Justice than the protection of our Nation's children. There should be no doubt that the United States Attorney's Office will prosecute those who facilitate the violent sexual assault of children," United States Attorney Edward J. Tarver stated in a press release.
McKee was returned to the custody of the United States Marshal Service to serve his sentence. McKee will also now be required to register as a sex offender.
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, NCIS and the Kingsland Police Department. The case was brought on as part of Project Safe Childhood, which is a U.S. Department of Justice initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.