Convicted Charleston sex offender allegedly found with child porn

Posted Oct. 17, 2011, at 1:56 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 17, 2011, at 6:30 p.m.
Carey Gonyer
Maine Sex Offender Registry photo
Carey Gonyer

BANGOR, Maine — Police investigators searched the home of a Charleston man who went to federal prison in 2006 for possessing pictures of prepubescent boys engaged in sex acts and arrested him on Sunday after finding more images of child pornography, police said.

Carey E. Gonyer, 43, who must register on the Maine Sex Offender Registry, was arrested and charged with felony possession of sexually explicit materials around 10:10 a.m. and was taken to the Penobscot County Jail.

He remained Monday night at the Penobscot County Jail unable to make bail, which was set at $10,000 cash, according to jail personnel.

Specifics about the charge were unavailable because the police affidavit that led to Gonyer’s arrest was sealed Monday at the request of the Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office.

Assistant District Attorney James Aucoin said in a telephone interview after Gonyer’s court appearance that the documents were sealed because the case still is under investigation.

“It’s a child pornography case investigated last week,” Troy Morton, deputy chief of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office, said Monday. “We requested the warrant and got the warrant and he was arrested.”

Details about how the registered sex offender came to the attention of police is not being released, he said.

Gonyer was sentenced in U.S. District Court in December 2006 to 2½ years in federal prison for possession of child pornography and also had three years of supervised release to be served after his prison sentence was completed, according to prior Bangor Daily News stories.

If convicted of possession of sexually explicit materials in state court, Gonyer faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. If federal court system prosecutors decide to pursue charges, Gonyer could face a penalty of up to 30 years because of his prior conviction.

BDN reporter Judy Harrison contributed to this story.

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