Day care provider indicted in porn case

Posted June 30, 2010, at 1:53 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:36 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A day care provider charged with downloading photos and videos showing prepubescent children engaged in explicit sex acts was indicted Wednesday by the Penobscot County grand jury for possession of sexually explicit material.

Walter B. Ramsdell III, 39, of Eddington is scheduled to be arraigned on Aug. 10 at the Penobscot Judicial Center.

He is free on $1,000 cash bail with conditions that include: no possession or use of computers and random searches for computers; not to return to the Main Road home out of which he and his wife operated a day care center; and not to have contact with children under age 16, except for supervised visits with his own children, ages 6 and 9.

Ramsdell was arrested June 10 at his Eddington home, which housed the Care-A-Lot day care center, by investigators from the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit, according to court documents. His computer was seized so it could be thoroughly examined by investigators, which could take months.

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He came to the attention of investigators monitoring “peer-to-peer” networks where child pornography is shared, R. Christopher Almy, district attorney for Penobscot and Piscataquis counties, said June 11. Once they discovered the home where the computer user lived was a day care center, police quickly arrested Ramsdell, Almy said.

Ramsdell allegedly confessed to downloading hundreds, and perhaps, thousands of images and videos of child pornography. He also told investigators he knew that what he was doing was wrong, according to court documents. Ramsdell denied abusing the children in his care.

The day care is licensed to Ramsdell’s wife, Kimberly Ramsdell, who works full time at a Bangor hospital, according to court documents. He appeared to be the primary caregiver in her absence. She is not suspected of being involved in the downloading of child pornography, authorities said.

If convicted, Ramsdell faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

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