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Sanford Man Pleads Guilty to Transferring Obscene Material to a Minor

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

Portland, Maine:  A Sanford man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Portland to transferring obscene material to a minor, U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced.

According to court records, in October 2018, Dylan Neill, 38, used a social media application to send a series of videos and images to a minor under 16 years old. Several of the videos depicted Neill repeatedly penetrating the anus of an adult female with his fingers.

Neill faces up to 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. He will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.

The Sanford Police Department and the FBI investigated the case.

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. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’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 to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit


Craig M. Wolff
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257

Updated November 21, 2019

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