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Gardiner Man Sentenced to 25 Years for Producing and Possessing Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maine

Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Richard Bailey, 67, of Gardiner, Maine, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge Jon D. Levy to 25 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release for production and possession of child pornography.  The defendant pled guilty to these charges on June 18, 2018.

According to court records, law enforcement agents received information that the defendant was uploading images of child pornography to various websites.  Based on this information, they obtained a search warrant for the defendant’s home in Gardiner.  During the execution of the search warrant, the defendant admitted that agents would find multiple images of child pornography involving underage boys on his electronic devices.  The investigation revealed that the defendant produced child pornography by encouraging adults in the Philippines during online chats to engage in sexual activity with children that was videotaped, photographed, and disseminated in real time over the internet. A forensic examination of the defendant’s electronic devices revealed multiple images and videos of child pornography including images obtained from the Philippine sex shows.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, and the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit.  This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. 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


Andrew McCormack
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257

Updated December 3, 2018

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