Jury finds Westbrook man guilty of possessing child pornography

Posted Feb. 27, 2014, at 11:27 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A federal jury Wednesday found a Westbrook man guilty on one count of possessing child pornography following a two-day trial.

Jurors deliberated for about four hours before finding Joel Dudley, 29, guilty, Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Wolff, who prosecuted the case said Thursday.

Dudley did not take the stand in his own defense, Wolff said.

A sentencing date has not been set.

Dudley was arrested in August 2012 after a special agent with the Department of Homeland Security discovered him downloading and sharing videos using file-sharing software, according to court documents.

He also has been charged with lying under oath in April 2013 at a motion to suppress hearing on the possession of child pornography charge. He allegedly lied under oath when he testified that he asked for an attorney three times when initially interviewed by police.

A jury trial on one count of making a false declaration before the court was scheduled to be held next month but has been continued until April, according to information posted on the court’s electronic case filing system.

Dudley has been held at the Cumberland County Jail since his arrest 18 months ago.

After he was arrested, Dudley told police that he had downloaded an estimated 500-600 videos of child pornography “out of curiosity,” according to the prosecution’s brief. The Westbrook man said he would delete the videos after viewing them, and he periodically erased his storage drive using “Department of Defense-grade” wiping software, the document said.

Dudley faces up to 10 years in prison on the child pornography charge and up to five years in prison on the charge of making a false statement. He also could be fined up to $250,000 on each charge.

 

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