ICE officer from Mass. arrested in child-porn case

By | 12/01/2009

A federal immigration officer from Hull, Ma. 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.

Clifford’s arrest follows two recent immigration-related investigations in New England.

Last month, Lorraine Henderson, Massachusetts’ top federal border official in charge of stemming drug smuggling and illegal immigration, was arrested on charges that she hired illegal immigrants to clean her Salem condominium.

This week, seven workers at the Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls, R.I., were punished in connection with the death of a 34-year-old Chinese immigrant, Hiu Lui Ng, who was held there for 25 days until he died in August of cancer. The facility denied that the actions resulted in his death, but said the employees were disciplined for failing to follow unspecified policies and procedures. US Immigration and Customs has withdrawn all 153 immigrant detainees from the facility and is investigating the death.
My my, who can we trust? A Chief Patrol officer in the Blaine Sector under indictment for sex with a child? This bozo!

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