Contact: Craig M. Wolff
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257
Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Joel
Dudley, 29, of Westbrook, was convicted yesterday after a two-day jury trial in U.S. District
Court in Portland of making a false declaration to a federal court.
According to court records and evidence introduced at trial, in April of 2013, Dudley
testified at a hearing on a motion to suppress statements he made during an interview with law
enforcement agents in connection with an investigation of him for possession of child
pornography. At the suppression hearing held in U.S. District Court in Portland, Dudley falsely
testified that he repeatedly invoked his right to counsel during the interview, but that agents
continued to question him in violation of his constitutional rights. Today’s guilty verdict
reflected the jury’s conclusion that Dudley’s suppression hearing testimony was knowingly false
and material to, or capable of influencing the outcome of, the hearing at which he testified.
On February 25, 2014, Dudley was convicted of possession of child pornography after a
two-day jury trial in U.S. District Court. Dudley will be sentenced on both cases after completion
of a pre-sentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office. He faces a maximum
sentence of up to 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000 on the child pornography charge, and a
maximum sentence of up to 5 years and a fine of up to $250,000 on the false declaration charge.
The investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s
Homeland Security Investigations and the Westbrook Police Department.