United States District Court, D. Massachusetts
OPINION AND ORDER
A. O'Toole, Jr. United States District Judge.
defendant, Dillan Letellier, stands indicted for two counts
of coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in sexual
activity in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2422(b), one count
of attempted coercion and enticement in violation of the same
statute, three counts of interstate travel with intent to
engage in illicit sexual activity in violation of 18 U.S.C.
§2423(b), and one count of possession of child
pornography in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2252A(a)(5)(B).
Under each of the § 2422(b) counts, he faces a possible
mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years imprisonment.
Letellier was arrested on a criminal complaint charging him
with one count of coercion and enticement, a detention
hearing was held before then-Magistrate Judge Sorokin on
October 22, 2013, at the conclusion of which Letellier was
ordered detained pending trial. The magistrate judge
thereafter summarized his conclusion in a written detention
decision confirming his detention ruling. (See Order
of Detention Pending Trial (November 1, 2013) (dkt. no. 20).)
The indictment and superseding indictment were returned
transcript of the original detention hearing is
unavailable. However, the magistrate judge's short
written decision is worth setting out in full:
I find that credible testimony and information submitted at
the hearing establishes by clear and convincing evidence that
there is a serious risk that the defendant will endanger the
safety of another person or the community in light of the
evidence of [the] defendant posing as a 17 year old when he
was 28, meeting a 14 year old on a web site for teens, twice
traveling from Maine to Massachusetts to have sex with her,
and expressing an awareness of the illegality of his actions
in the almost 2000 text messages the two exchanged during the
three month period. The statutory presumption, [the]
defendant's expressed interest in young girls including
12 year olds and his fabrication of a letter further support
detention. The 10 year minimum, a spouse overseas and plane
tickets to travel support a finding of risk of flight by a
preponderance [of the evidence] despite his lifelong ties to
Maine. I further incorporate herein my oral ruling of
detention made at the conclusion of the hearing.
defendant has recently moved to revoke the magistrate
judge's detention order. See 18 U.S.C. §
3145(b). Both the defendant and the government briefed the
issue, and the Court heard argument on June 8, 2016.
principal offenses charged arise from the defendant's
alleged contacts with two minor girls. According to the
government's allegations, during the relevant time
periods, Minor A and Minor B were both fourteen years old,
and the defendant was twenty-eight or twenty-nine.
government alleges the following: The defendant first began
communicating with Minor A on a website called Teenspot.com
that purports to be directed towards teenagers. The
defendant's profile on the website stated that he was
seventeen years old. Minor A's profile had her accurate
initiating contact with Minor A, the defendant began
communicating with her via email and text messaging. This
communication continued throughout several weeks during the
summer of 2013. On two occasions, the defendant drove from
his home in Maine to Minor A's home town in
Massachusetts, convinced her to leave her house, and had
sexual intercourse with her.
further alleged that the defendant concocted a ruse in order
to try to bring Minor A to Maine over the Labor Day weekend
by drafting a convincing set of fake documents purporting to
be from a youth sports organization that invited Minor A to
Maine for a free weekend of sports training. However, after
reviewing Minor A's email, text messages, and social
media accounts, Minor A's parents discovered the nature
of her relationship with the defendant and brought that
information to the police.
government further alleges that the defendant engaged in a
similar course of conduct with Minor B, but over the span of
only a couple of days rather than several weeks. The charge
of child pornography stems from sexually explicit images of
children allegedly seized from the defendant's electronic
devices pursuant to a search warrant executed on the date of
the defendant's arrest.
the relevant time periods, the defendant was living with his
mother in Saco, Maine. He was then and remains currently
married. His wife is a citizen of the Dominican Republic who
has gained lawful permanent resident status in the United
States and now lives with the defendant's mother. Prior
to his arrest, the defendant had worked at a local pizzeria.
At the time of the defendant's arrest on the complaint,
he was planning to ...