Millinocket man pleads not guilty to possessing child porn on computer

Posted Oct. 03, 2011, at 9:53 a.m.
Last modified Oct. 03, 2011, at 2:03 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Millinocket man pleaded not guilty Monday to possessing child pornography.

Joshua Crawford, 24, was arrested and charged in June but was not indicted by a federal grand jury until last month.

A trial was set tentatively for Dec. 6. Crawford remains free on personal recognizance bail.

The investigation that led to his 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 allegedly admitted to 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, Crawford faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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