Repeat Offender Pleads Guilty to Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Material after Downloading Hundreds of Images
Bangor, Maine: United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Bradley Flowers, 40, formerly of Palmyra, Maine, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court for failing to register as a sex offender and was sentenced by Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. to time served (about 28 months) plus 30 days, and 5 years of supervised release, the first six months of which will be in community confinement.
According to court records, the defendant was required to register as a sex offender for life following a 2006 Maine conviction for unlawful sexual contact. Between July 2007 and June 2014, the defendant registered with the Maine Sex Offender Registry, as required. In about September 2014, the defendant moved to Colorado, but did not register in Colorado. Thereafter, he lived in Ohio and Arizona, but did not register there, or in any other state. On October 20, 2015, the defendant was arrested in Arizona and has been in custody since that time.
In imposing sentence, Judge Woodcock noted that some of the defendant’s criminal history was “disturbing” and that, at times in the past, the defendant had been a “violent and dangerous” individual.
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service and the Maine Violent Offender Task Force and brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ offices and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the Department of Justice, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
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