News and Press Releases

Fayette Man Sentenced To 6½ Years For Interstate Travel
to Have Sex with Minor

August 6, 2013

Contact: Andrew McCormack
Assistant U.S. Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373

Bangor, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Patrick
Gaffney-Kessell, 29, of Fayette, Maine, was sentenced last Friday in U.S. District Court by
Chief Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. to 6½ years in prison to be followed by 5 years of supervised
release for traveling interstate with intent to have sex with a minor. He pled guilty to the charge
on February 20, 2013.

Court records reveal that beginning in October 2010, Gaffney-Kessell began an on-line
relationship with a 13-year-old female in Pennsylvania. The defendant and the minor exchanged
multiple text messages, Facebook chats, emails and telephone calls involving the exchange of
sexually explicit text and images. In January 2011, Gaffney-Kessell traveled from his Maine
home to Pennsylvania with the intent of having sex with the minor. When he got to
Pennsylvania, however, the minor refused to meet with him. Gaffney-Kessell’s activities were
reported by the victim’s parents to law enforcement authorities.

The investigation was conducted by United States Postal Inspection Service.



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