Criminal Justice

Former Top Drug Prosecutor Gets 16 Years in Child Porn Case

A former assistant state attorney general who at one time was the top drug prosecutor in Maine was sentenced today to a 16-year federal prison term in a child pornography case.

James Cameron, 48, worked for the AG’s office from 1990 to 2008. Prosecutors, who sought a prison term of 22 to 27 years but said they were satisfied with what was handed down, say Cameron uploaded child porn from his home computer to Internet photo albums and sent and received child porn over the Internet, according to the Sun Journal and WCSH.

His lawyer, Mike Cunniff, said a minimum five-year term was appropriate and plans an appeal.

During a sentencing hearing in Bangor today, Chief Judge John Woodcock Jr. pointed out that Cameron had lost a great deal, in addition to having to serve a substantial prison term.

“You were working in a position of authority and respect, and here you are not on the right side of the book but in the defendant’s seat. … A criminal,” the judge said. “You lost your job, your wife, your assets, your reputation, and your freedom. For what? To view images of children being sexually assaulted and abused. Images that are sickening and sad,”

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