Piscataquis County grand jury indicts eight

Posted June 18, 2009, at 8:33 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:12 p.m.

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — A Piscataquis County grand jury handed up indictments Thursday against a Sangerville man for possession of sexually explicit images of children and two Sebec residents who allegedly bilked nearly $20,000 from an elderly blind man.

In total, eight people were indicted.

Larry A. Daggett, 49, who lives in Sangerville but whose address is listed as Guilford, was indicted for possession of sexually explicit materials depicting children under age 12.

Piscataquis County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy said Thursday that Daggett allegedly possessed “in the dozens” of images of young children involved in sexual acts with adults.

In April, the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit, assisted by the Secret Service and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, searched Daggett’s Hudson Avenue home after his Internet protocol address, a numerical address given to a computer connected to the Internet, allegedly had been seen several times last fall by the crime unit, according to Sgt. Glenn Lang of the computer crimes unit.

Computers were seized from the home where Daggett’s wife operated Kreative Kids Day Care. Pam Daggett voluntarily suspended operations after her husband’s arrest.

Lang said earlier that Larry Daggett was considered high risk because of the day care operation in his home.

Almy said Thursday that the images had been obtained over the Internet and that it did not appear children from the day care program were involved.

The Department of Health and Human Services, which was at the couple’s home the day after Larry Daggett’s arrest, is assisting state police in the investigation.

In another case, Elizabeth Ann Cutler, 59, and Herbert S. Swartz, 77, both of Kittery, were each charged with forgery and theft by unauthorized taking.

Police say the former Sebec couple allegedly bilked an 82-year-old blind man out of nearly $20,000 and used the money to pay on their mortgage, to pay for oil and to buy items on eBay. Since the couple allegedly purchased items from the man’s account over the Internet, federal charges may be pending, according to investigator Guy Dow of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department.

Dow said earlier that Swartz and Cutler had befriended the elderly man — who spends winters in Stony Point, N.Y., and summers in Sebec Village — and allegedly took him on errands to the bank and grocery store over the summer.

The man’s son started quizzing his father earlier this year on why he was spending so much money from his bank accounts, some of which were overdrawn. The theft then was discovered, according to Dow. Swartz and Cutler allegedly had been spending money from the man’s bank and credit card accounts from July 3 through early December.

Others indicted were:

Jacey C. Lyford, 23, Orneville, operating after revocation, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, Class C and unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, Class D.

Michael Slobuszewski, 29, Milo, violation of sex offender registration, criminal threatening, assault and domestic violence assault.

Leon S. Corson Jr., 44, Corinna, burglary and aggravated criminal mischief.

Jay Lee Irwin, 45, Brewer, operating after revocation and violation of condition of release.

Kevin W. Black Jr., 31, Brownville, burglary and theft.

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