Woman enters not guilty plea in porn case

Posted Dec. 21, 2009, at 8:29 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:38 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Mars Hill woman facing state charges of child sexual abuse pleaded not guilty Monday in federal court to production of child pornography.

Julie M. Carr, 31, agreed to be held without bail until her case is resolved.

She has been at the Aroostook County Jail unable to make bail of $50,000 cash or $100,000 surety on the state charges since her arrest.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Margaret Kravchuk tentatively set Carr’s trial for Feb. 2.

Carr used a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct so she could post video on the Internet, according to the indictment dated Dec. 9.

She was arrested in June at her Mountain View Street residence, according to a story previously published in the Bangor Daily News, after agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency searched her home.

Carr came to the attention of state and federal law enforcement officials after the West Midlands police in the United Kingdom contacted ICE agents. English detectives were investigating child sexual abuse when they allegedly discovered recorded videos showing a woman committing sexual acts on a young child.

U.K. investigators concluded that the U.S. was the likely origin of the videos, which reportedly had been recorded from a live Web cast. Police traced the origin of that Web cast to Mars Hill, according to previous BDN stories.

This summer, Carr pleaded not guilty to state charges of gross sexual assault and sexual exploitation of a minor. Those charges are pending, according to the Aroostook County District Attorney’s Office.

If convicted of gross sexual assault, the most serious of the state charges, Carr faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000. If convicted on the federal charge, she faces a minimum of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

A conviction in state or federal court would require her to register as a sex offender.

If Carr is convicted and sentenced on the federal charge, the state charges most likely would be dropped. She appears more likely to serve a longer sentence under the federal mandatory minimum than she would in state prison.

The federal system also offers more comprehensive counseling for sex offenders while they are incarcerated that the state prison system does.

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