December 11, 2018
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Gardiner man gets 25 years for watching child porn in Indonesia live on internet

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A 67-year-old Gardiner man who spent $60,000 to view live sex shows over the internet was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Bangor to 25 years in prison on child pornography charges.

Richard Bailey pleaded guilty in June to one count each of production of child pornography and possession of child pornography, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

It may be the first federal case prosecuted in Maine that involved a defendant watching a sex show with minors in real time over the internet.

Bailey had been held without bail since his arrest in April.

The investigation into Bailey’s internet activities began in January 2017 when the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit received two tips from Facebook and Skype about a person uploading child pornography images, according to court documents. The uploads were traced to Bailey’s home in Gardiner.

Police executed a search warrant there on May 4, 2017, according to the prosecution version of events to which Bailey pleaded guilty. Evidence found on his computer and a thumb drive showed multiple images and videos of children, ranging in age from toddlers to teenagers, engaged in sexual activity.

Bailey admitted to investigators when his computers were seized that he had paid to watch adults have sex with teenaged boys in Indonesia in real time over the internet, court documents said. He sent more than $60,000 in small increments to that country between 2012 and 2017.

Bailey had no criminal history, Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew McCormack said after the sentencing.

Under the recommended federal sentencing guidelines, Bailey faced between 30 and 75 years in prison. McCormack recommended Bailey be incarcerated for 35 years.

Defense attorney Jon Haddow said after the sentencing that he recommended Bailey be imprisoned for 15 years.

“I argued for the mandatory minimum sentence on Count I of 15 years,” Haddow said in an email. “The court gave him a sentence [of 25 years] based on his age, poor health and vulnerability in prison.”

In addition to prison time, U.S. District Judge Jon Levy sentenced Bailey to a lifetime of supervised release.

If you or someone you know needs resources or support related to sexual violence, contact the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s 24/7 hotline at 800-871-7741.


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