BUCKSPORT, Maine — Police have arrested a Bucksport man on charges of criminal solicitation in connection with a Web broadcast of the sexual assault of a 6-year-old boy in Michigan.
According to Sgt. Glenn Lang, supervisor of the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit, Elmer Stevens, 42, was arrested Friday while police searched his home. The arrest came after an investigation with police officers in Michigan, who, with the Maine officers and others around the country, work jointly on the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit.
In November, officers in Michigan arrested several people charged with sexual assault on a 6-year-old boy and broadcasting the assault using a Web cam for people who were watching, Lang said. Stevens was identified as one of the people who was watching and who contacted the Web site requesting that they do it again, he said.
“They [the officers] posed as the person who showed the Web cam originally and people contacted them,” Lang said. “He was identified as one of the people who contacted them.”
Lang and Det. Laurie Northrup worked with Bucksport police officers gathering information for the search warrant and conducting the search of Stevens’ apartment Friday. At the apartment, police confiscated the laptop computer that Stevens allegedly used to communicate with the Web site.
“He freely admitted his involvement in this,” Lang said.
Officers at the Computer Crime Unit will examine the computer and determine whether additional charges will be filed.