BANGOR, Maine—A Lubec man was sentenced today in federal court in Bangor for possessing child pornography, U.S. Attorney Darcie N. McElwee announced.
U.S. District Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. sentenced Rubin Perry, 34, to 10 years in prison and five years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution to a victim whose images he possessed. Perry pleaded guilty on June 18, 2021. He had a 2013 Maine state conviction for possessing child pornography, which subjected him to a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence.
According to court records, in 2018, the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit received information that a Twitter user was uploading and storing child pornography images and videos. Investigators determined that the Twitter account was associated with Perry’s address in Lubec. Investigators obtained a search warrant for the address and interviewed Perry while executing the warrant. He admitted that he had a problem with child pornography and he did not know how to stop. He also admitted to having child pornography on his cell phone, which was later found to contain multiple child pornography images.
In imposing sentence, Judge Woodcock stated, “When people like the defendant seek out these images, it encourages their production.”
Homeland Security Investigations, the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit and the Bangor Police Department investigated the case.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Department’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 via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.
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