Searsport man sentenced for sending obscene image



BANGOR — A Searsport man was sentenced in federal court March 31 for attempting to transfer obscene material to a minor, acting U.S. Attorney Donald E. Clark said.

U.S. District Judge John A. Woodcock Jr. sentenced Nicholas Norwood, 35, to a year and a day in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Norwood pleaded guilty on Nov. 14, 2019.

In April 2019, Norwood used a mobile messaging service to send an image of his genitalia to an undercover federal agent posing as a 13-year-old girl, investigators said.

Norwood is a former Frankfort resident.

The Department of Homeland Security’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office and the Maine State Police investigated the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. 

Led by U.S. attorneys’ offices and the Criminal Division’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, visit www.justice.gov/psc.