Old Town Man Sentenced to 35 Years for Sexual Exploitation of Children, and Distribution and Possession of Child Pornography
Bangor, Maine: United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Patrick Monahan, 52, of Old Town, Maine, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. to 35 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release for sexual exploitation of children, and distribution and possession of child pornography. The defendant pled guilty to these charges on September 10, 2018.
According to court records, the defendant, posing online as a teenager, separately persuaded two minors to send him over the internet videos of themselves engaging in sexual activity. The defendant subsequently uploaded some of these videos to a pornographic website that could be accessed by the general public. In addition, the defendant possessed child pornography on his computer.
“When Congress passed the child pornography laws, they had a person like you in mind,” said Judge Woodcock during the sentencing. “I have to conclude you are simply incorrigible. You cannot stop yourself. The only way you can stop is if society stops you. It is my duty to put you in a place where you can do no more harm, where you cannot create any more victims.”
The case was investigated by the FBI, the Old Town and Orono Police Departments, the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office, 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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov.