Mars Hill woman pleads guilty to federal porn charges

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted Feb. 24, 2010, at 11:03 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Mars Hill woman charged in state court with gross sexual assault and sexual exploitation of a minor pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Bangor to production of child pornography.

Julie M. Carr, 31, admitted to U.S. District Judge John Woodcock that in June she sent — from a computer at her Mountain View Street residence to a man in the United Kingdom — live video of herself performing oral sex on a girl who was under age 5.

She claimed the man in England “conned” her into doing it, according to the prosecution.

Carr, who was dressed in dark blue jail garb, wept quietly Wednesday throughout the 40-minute hearing.

After the hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Lowell declined to give the exact age of the victim.

Woodcock ordered that Carr continue to be held at the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton while awaiting sentencing on the federal charge. The state charges, to which she has pleaded not guilty, are pending in Aroostook County Superior Court, according to her defense attorney, Stephen Smith of Bangor.

Carr faces between the mandatory minimum of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years in federal prison on the production of child pornography charge and a fine of up to $250,000. In addition, she faces up to 30 years in state prison and a fine of up to $50,000 on the gross sexual assault charge alone.

As a result of her guilty plea Wednesday, Carr will be required to register as a sex offender.

A sentencing date on the federal charge is not expected to be set until after U.S. Probation and Pre-Trial Services completes its presentence report. That usually takes six to eight weeks.

Smith declined Wednesday to discuss whether Carr would go to trial or change her plea to guilty on the state charges. He also declined to speculate on whether Carr, if convicted in state court, might serve that sentence concurrently with or consecutively to the federal sentence.

Carr came to the attention of state and federal law enforcement officials after the West Midlands police in the United Kingdom contacted agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. English detectives were investigating child sexual abuse when they discovered recorded videos showing a woman committing sexual acts on a child, according to court documents. Police traced the origin of that webcast to Carr in Mars Hill.

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