Westbrook man convicted of lying at hearing on possession of child pornography

Posted April 10, 2014, at 8:46 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Westbrook man convicted by a jury in February of possessing child pornography was found guilty Wednesday of perjury in a separate trial in U.S. District Court.

Joel Dudley, 29, was convicted of one count of making a false declaration to a federal court, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

A sentencing date has not been set.

He has been held at the Cumberland County Jail since his arrest more than 18 months ago.

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.

After he was arrested, Dudley told police that he had downloaded an estimated 500-600 videos of child pornography “out of curiosity,” according to court documents. 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 perjury charge stemmed from his lying under oath in April 2013 at a motion to suppress hearing on the possession of child pornography charge. The jury found Wednesday that Dudley lied under oath when he testified that he asked for an attorney three times when initially interviewed by police, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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.

The investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the Westbrook Police Department.

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