Greenbush man arrested on child porn charge after allegedly posting images on Facebook

Posted Feb. 18, 2011, at 4:15 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 18, 2011, at 10:03 p.m.
John Wilson
John Wilson

BANGOR, Maine — Maine State Police arrested a Greenbush man Thursday afternoon after reportedly finding child pornography on his computers.

John Wilson, 23, was arrested Thursday afternoon on a charge of possessing sexually explicit material, a Class C felony, after state police raided his Middle River Road home and seized his computers and cell phones, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said Friday.

“They found [sexually explicit] images immediately and then seized the equipment,” he said. He said Wilson’s hard drives now are being analyzed by the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit in Vassalboro.

According to McCausland, investigators believe that Wilson posted child pornography on as many as 15 Facebook accounts he created over the past year. Wilson’s alleged criminal activity was reported to authorities by personnel from the social networking site as well as members of the public over the past month.

“Facebook has been dealing with him on and off,” McCausland said. “Facebook would find a site and take the site down, and he would go ahead and set up a new one.”

It was not immediately clear whether any of the images portrayed children from Maine.

“This will all be cataloged once the hard drives are analyzed,” McCausland said.

McCausland said Friday that child pornography cases in Maine typically involve perpetrators who use private peer-to-peer networks exclusively used for that purpose.

“I think this may be the first where it’s been this public,” he said.

Wilson, who resides with his parents and has no prior criminal history, was released on $60 cash bail and is scheduled to make an appearance at the Penobscot County Judicial Center on May 12, a jail official confirmed Friday.

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