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Immigration officer from Mass. arrested in child-porn case
By Maria Sacchetti, Globe Staff
A federal immigration officer from Hull was accused today of having sex with an 11-year-old child while in Brazil to deport immigrants, taking photographs of the act.
Michael Clifford, a 44-year-old immigration agent, was arrested today after a grand jury indicted him on a charge of possessing child pornography. He was ordered held without bail pending a hearing Tuesday. If convicted, he faces 15 to 30 years in jail, plus a fine of up to $250,000 and supervised release.
A woman at Clifford’s house in Hull declined to comment.
Clifford allegedly picked up the child late at night at an outdoor café in Rio de Janeiro while there on official business in March, according to the US Attorney’s office in Boston. He allegedly returned to his hotel, had sex with the child and photographed the child involved in sexual acts.
The hotel’s security camera showed Clifford entering the hotel with the child late at night and then sending the child out of the hotel the next morning, the US Attorney’s office said.
The Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General and Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office of Professional Responsibility in New England are investigating the matter.