Criminal Justice

Former top drug prosecutor is sentenced for child porn, fleeing

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A former top drug prosecutor in Maine was sentenced on Wednesday to nearly 16 years in prison for possessing child pornography and fleeing the state after an adverse appellate ruling in his case.

James Cameron, 52, was sentenced after apologizing for his conduct, report the Associated Press, and the Bangor Daily News. “My deepest apologies of all go to the victims of child pornography,” he said in a hearing before U.S. District Court Chief Judge John Woodcock Jr.

Cameron also apologized to Woodcock for fleeing, saying the judge was right to deny bail while his appeal was pending. The Boston-based 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had overturned Woodcock’s denial of bail, according to the Bangor Daily News.

Cameron was previously a top drug prosecutor for the Maine Attorney General’s office.

Cameron was originally sentenced to 16 years in prison, but the 1st Circuit ordered him to be resentenced in November 2012 after upholding only seven of 13 counts against him. Soon after the decision, Cameron cut off his ankle bracelet and fled. He was arrested 17 days later in New Mexico.

Woodcock sentenced Cameron to 13 years and 9 months in prison on the child pornography charges, and a consecutive two years in prison for fleeing, according to the Bangor Daily News.

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