Millinocket man charged with possession of child pornography

Posted June 12, 2011, at 10:18 p.m.
Last modified June 13, 2011, at 1:32 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Millinocket man was arrested Friday for allegedly downloading child pornography.

Joshua Crawford, 24, was released the same day on personal recognizance bail after making his first appearance before a judge in U.S. District Court.

He did not enter a plea.

The investigation that led to Crawford’s arrest began in April 2010 when the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit received information that child pornography had been accessed by an account at the residence where Crawford lived with his mother and sister, according to court documents. When investigators interviewed Crawford, he admitted viewing child pornography “as a fetish.”

Investigators allegedly found more than 100 video files on Crawford’s computer that depicted the sexual abuse and exploitation of prepubescent boys and girls. In September 2010, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children confirmed that 19 of the videos included images of children identified in previous investigations, according to court documents.

If convicted for possession of child pornography, Crawford faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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