Former school employee indicted again in possession of child porn

Posted Aug. 24, 2011, at 5:32 p.m.
Travis Rowe
Courtesy of Waldo County Jail
Travis Rowe

BELFAST, Maine — A man who worked as a computer technician in two Knox County elementary schools was indicted this week by the Waldo County Grand Jury on 18 counts of possession of sexually explicit materials.

Travis F. Rowe, 24, of Searsport was charged last fall after police said they found a number of pornographic videos on his computer. The videos allegedly showed children as young as 5 or 6, according to a BDN interview with Sgt. Glenn Lang of the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit.

At the time he was charged, Rowe was working as a technician at both Hope and Appleton elementary schools, but police said they had no reason to believe that local children had been victimized. He was placed on administrative leave after the arrest and resigned his position at the schools in October, a district official said this spring.

He did not work directly with children as part of his technician job, the official said.

It is the second time that Rowe has been indicted for the same crimes. A Waldo County Grand Jury in February indicted him on 19 counts of possession of sexually explicit materials.

Lang explained Wednesday that Rowe’s defense attorney, Peter Rodway of Portland, had questioned the fact that the first indictment did not specify particular images or videos that his client is alleged to have possessed.

This time around, grand jurists indicted Rowe with possession of specific pornographic materials, Lang said. Each of 18 pieces of pornography was named in the indictment list, Lang said.

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