Ex-prosecutor facing child porn charges seeks to return home

Posted Feb. 14, 2010, at 7:50 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A former state prosecutor charged with downloading child pornography on his home computer wants to come home to his wife and children.

James Cameron, 47, of Hallowell has been living with his brother in their native Michigan for more than two years, since his computers were seized from his home in December 2007 by federal investigators.

Cameron’s attorney, Peter Rodway of Portland, on Friday filed a motion in U.S. District Court in Bangor to amend his client’s bail conditions so Cameron could live with his wife, Barbara Cameron, 48.

Neither federal prosecutors nor the U.S. Department of Probation and Pre-Trial Services oppose the motion, according to court documents.

Efforts to reach Rodway were unsuccessful over the weekend.

It is the practice of the U.S. Attorney’s Office not to comment on cases until they have been concluded.

Computers from Cameron’s home were seized after an Internet service provider reported it had discovered images of child pornography downloaded by an e-mail address traced to Cameron’s home in Hallowell, according to court documents.

The seizure of the computers triggered a possible investigation by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Rodway said at Cameron’s arraignment on Feb. 17, 2009. As a result, Cameron left the home he shared with his wife and children and moved to his brother’s home in Westland, Mich., a Detroit suburb.

The couple, according to court documents, have a son and a daughter, who were full-time students when the investigation began. The children’s ages are not listed in court documents.

The children most likely both have turned 18 or DHHS has decided they are not at risk if they live with their father.

Cameron was released to the custody of his brother Daniel Cameron on $75,000 unsecured bail after the former Maine assistant attorney general pleaded not guilty to 16 counts of transporting, receiving and possessing child pornography between July 10, 2006, and Jan. 26, 2008.

“Jim never knowingly possessed child pornography,” Rodway said after last year’s arraignment.

If the motion to modify bail were granted, other bail conditions would remain in place. Those include Cameron’s wearing an electronic monitor and having limited use of the Internet.

Cameron’s trial on the federal charges is scheduled to begin in April in U.S. District Court in Bangor.

If convicted, he faces a minimum of five years but not more than 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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