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Maine Man Sentenced to 12 Years for Possessing Child Sexual Abuse Material Following HSI New England Investigation

Release Date: June 14, 2024

BANGOR, Maine — A Westbrook man was sentenced on June 11 in U.S. District Court in Bangor for possessing child sexual abuse material after Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) found he received it through the Telegram app.

Michael Peterson, 39, was sentenced to 150 months in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release.

According to court records, between December 2021 and August 2022, Peterson received and attempted to receive child sexual abuse material using the Telegram app. Peterson received the images from an individual using Telegram and paid the same person in hopes of obtaining additional images.

HSI New England’s Bangor Resident Agent in Charge office and the Maine State Police investigated the case.

HSI is a global leader in the fight against child exploitation. Last year, HSI special agents dedicated 1.2 million case hours toward investigating child exploitation. This heinous crime harms the most vulnerable in our society: our kids. As technology evolves and more people have access to the internet, children are at a greater risk than ever. HSI’s special agents and analysts around the world are dedicated to countering this threat.

Report suspected child exploitation to the HSI tip line at 877-4-HSI-TIP or through the CyberTipline on the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's website.

Last Updated: 06/14/2024
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