MARS HILL, Maine — A 30-year-old Mars Hill woman was arrested and charged with gross sexual assault Friday after Maine State Police alleged that she is linked to a child pornography investigation with international ties.
Julie M. Carr was arrested late Friday evening at her Mountain View Street residence after State Police detectives and federal agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency carried out a search warrant at her home.
State Police Detective John Cote said Saturday that State Police investigators were contacted by ICE agents who gave details about an ongoing investigation into child pornography on the Internet.
Cote said that ICE agents were contacted by West Midlands Police in the United Kingdom. Law enforcement officials in that country were investigating child sexual abuse when they discovered recorded videos showing a woman committing sexual acts on a young child.
The U.K. investigation revealed that the U.S. was the likely origin of the videos, which Cote said had been recorded from a live Webcast. Police discovered that the point of origin likely was in Mars Hill.
Carr was arrested and taken to the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton where bail was set at $20,000. Her first court appearance will be on Monday.
Cote said Carr likely will face further state and federal charges as the investigation continues.