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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maine

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Portland Man Sentenced for Possessing Child Pornography and Violating Supervised Release

Portland, Maine:  A Portland man was sentenced today in federal court in Portland for possessing child pornography and violating his supervised release, U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced.

U.S. District Judge George Z. Singal sentenced Joseph Holland, 33, to a total of 65 months in prison—51 months for possessing child pornography, and 14 months for violating the conditions of supervised release to which he was subject following a prior federal conviction. He pleaded guilty and admitted the supervised release violation on May 15, 2019.

According to court records, in January of this year, Holland was on supervised release after completing an 82-month sentence for drug and firearm offenses. Another individual on supervised release admitted to a U.S. Probation Officer that he had been using Holland’s cell phone, and that he had seen images of nudes that he thought could be minors on the phone. A review of Holland’s phone revealed numerous child pornography images.

The Department of Homeland Security’s Homeland Security Investigations investigated the case, with assistance from U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services.

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Craig M. Wolff Assistant United States Attorney Tel: (207) 780-3257
Updated December 5, 2019