Maine Man Sentenced on Child Exploitation Charges
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts
BOSTON – A Maine man was sentenced today in federal court in Boston in connection with enticing minors to engage in illicit sexual conduct.
Dillan Letellier, 32, of Saco, Maine, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. to 14 years in prison, five years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution of $2,400 and forefeiture. In December 2016, Letellier pleaded guilty to two counts of coercion and enticement of a minor, one count of attempted coercion and enticement of a minor, three counts of travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and one count of possession of child pornography.
Between May and October 2013, Letellier pretended to be a 17-year-old when he separately met two 14-year-old victims over the internet, coercing and enticing each victim to meet with him. On separate occasions, Letellier traveled from Maine to each of the victims’ Massachusetts towns, met each victim, and brought the victims to locations in Massachusetts where they engaged in sexual intercourse. Following an investigation by law enforcement officers, Letellier was charged by criminal complaint and arrested on Oct. 3, 2013. A forensic exam of the electronic devices seized from Letellier’s residence revealed thousands of images and videos of child pornography.
Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb and Shelly Binkowski, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, made the announcement today. The Saco (Maine) Police Department and municipal police departments where the victims reside assisted with the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Suzanne Sullivan Jacobus and Anne Paruti of Weinreb's Major Crimes Unit prosecuted the case.
The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In 2006, the Department of Justice created Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the DOJ’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.
Updated May 11, 2017
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