A Missouri man accused of illegally crossing the U.S.-Canada border in Hodgdon, Maine, in an attempt to smuggle his wife across the border pleaded guilty at the U.S. District Court in Bangor.
Clayton Dehaven, 39, was observed by U.S. Border Patrol in April 2023 walking down a road on the Canadian side of the border in the Union Corners area of Hodgdon, according to court records.
A minivan was observed on the U.S. side of the border.
A woman, later identified as Dehaven’s wife, Sarah Kathleen Paterson — who according to court records is not a U.S. citizen — was seen crouching in the bushes and then running across the border to the van.
Dehaven was then also observed running across the border and entering the driver’s side of the van.
After being apprehended, Dehaven admitted to Border Patrol that he had illegally crossed the border without going through a designated crossing point.
DOJ officials say Peterson was sent back to Canada.
Dehaven faces a sentence of up to one year in prison and up to a $100,000 fine, followed by up to one year of supervised release.
The case was investigated by U.S. Border Patrol.