09/09/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/09/2021 12:49
PORTLAND, Maine: A Woolwich man pleaded guilty today in federal court to possessing images of child exploitation, Acting U.S. Attorney Donald E. Clark announced.
According to court records, on June 18, 2020, investigators with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) executed a search warrant at the residence of Clifton Given, 32. In an interview with investigators, Given admitted to using his cell phone to view images of children engaged in sex. Investigators later found several images and videos on his cell phone depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
Given faces a maximum of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a term of supervised release of at least five years and up to life. He will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
HSI and the Sagadahoc County Sheriff's Office 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.