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Sanford Man Sentenced for Transferring Obscene Material to a Minor

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

PORTLAND, Maine: A Sanford man was sentenced in federal court in Portland for transferring obscene material to a minor, U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced.

U.S. District Judge Jon D. Levy sentenced Dylan Neill, 39, to 41 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Neill pleaded guilty in November 2019.

According to court records, in October 2018, Neill 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.

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 U.S. Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257

Updated April 19, 2021

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