Saturday, July 19, 2008

Daniel Sullivan Repeat Sex Offender busted for Chil Porn

Federal authorities on Friday released more information about Thursday morning's FBI raid in North Berwick, including corrected information about the identity of the man who was taken into custody on suspicion of possessing child pornography.

In a Foster's Page 1 story Thursday, that person was misidentified because of incorrect information provided by a U.S. District Court official. According to Gail Marcinkiewicz, a spokeswoman for the FBI's Boston bureau, the man's actual identity is Daniel Sullivan, 53, a registered sex offender and owner of the mobile home at 62 Maple St. that was raided.

Marcinkiewicz could not comment on why Sullivan was taken into custody, but said the investigation originated at the FBI bureau in Philadelphia, Pa. Jerri Williams, the bureau spokeswoman there, said Sullivan was being investigated on suspicion of possessing child pornography, but could not provide any further information about the case.

At about 8 a.m. Thursday morning, several FBI agents, assisted by North Berwick police officers, raided the home and pulled Sullivan and two other men outside. Agents confiscated computer equipment and video tapes, according to one neighbor who witnessed the raid.

Sullivan was transported to the Cumberland County Jail in Portland, where he is currently being held in the custody of the U.S. Marshal's Service.

It is unclear when Sullivan will appear in court; a jail official said he could not provide further information other than the fact that Sullivan is being held there.

No one from the U.S. Marshal's Service or the state's Attorney General's Office was available for comment Friday.

According to North Berwick Police Chief Stephen Peasley, Sullivan has lived in the mobile home by himself for about eight years.

In 2001, Sullivan was convicted of visual sexual aggression after he exposed himself from his front lawn to a group of children walking by, Peasley said. Sullivan served nine months in jail and was forced to register as a sex offender.

Since the arrest, officers have been called to Sullivan's residence on multiple occasions for complaints, though Peasley could not recall the specifics of the complaints.

One of Sullivan's neighbors said she often sees visitors come and go from Sullivan's home, adding that the man mostly kept to himself.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

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