Augusta teacher cleared of child porn charges

The Associated Press
Posted Dec. 15, 2010, at 1:56 p.m.

BATH, Maine — A jury in Maine has cleared a former junior high school teacher of charges of possessing child pornography on his school-issued laptop computer.

A Sagadahoc County jury deliberated two hours Tuesday before finding 43-year-old Michael J. Douglas not guilty.

Douglas, of Augusta, was formerly a science teacher at Mount View Junior high School in Thorndike. He resigned in April 2009.

According to the Kennebec Journal, defense attorney Walter McKee told jurors that Douglas viewed child pornography but did not possess it. He said when someone goes on the Internet and looks at an image, it isn’t the same as possessing it.

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