SYRACUSE – Keith E. Hook, 55, of Oswego, was sentenced Tuesday, Jan. 21 to serve 80 months in prison for distributing, receiving and possessing child pornography, announced United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Kevin M. Kelly, Special Agent in Charge of the Buffalo Field Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith said, “It is a sad day when a federal agent violates his duty to protect society in such a profound way. Thanks to the hard work of our law enforcement partners, Border Patrol Agent Hook has been held accountable for trading child pornography while on duty, and his sentence reflects the reprehensible nature of his behavior.”
As part of his guilty plea, Hook admitted that he used the Kik Messenger application to distribute and receive child pornography from other Kik users between January 2018 and July 2018. Hook, using his iPod Touch, traded images of child pornography using a WiFi connection both at his home and while on duty at the Oswego Port of Entry. Forensic analysis of Hook’s iPod revealed that at the time of his arrest he possessed on his iPod 138 images and four video files depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. In addition to those images, Hook also had 10 video files and over 200 image files saved in his iCloud storage account and another three images stored on his laptop computer. The images and videos included depictions of the rape and sodomy of prepubescent children and toddlers.
United States District Judge Hon. David N. Hurd also imposed a 10-year term of supervised release, which will start after Hook is released from prison, ordered a $300 special assessment, and a payment of $9,000 in restitution to the victims. As a result of his conviction, Hook will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.
Hook’s case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Syracuse, with assistance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security-Office of Inspector General, U.S. Customs and Border Protection-Office of Professional Responsibility, The New York State Police Computer Crimes Unit, and NYSP Fulton. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoffrey J. L. Brown.
This case is being prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood. Launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, Project Safe Childhood is led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), and is designed to marshal federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, visit https://www.justice.gov/psc.