June 23, 2018
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Millinocket man pleads guilty to possession of child pornography

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A Millinocket man pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to possession of child pornography.

Joshua Crawford, 24, admitted that he downloaded child pornography and viewed videos depicting children having sex with adults.

Crawford was arrested in June and released on his own recognizance with the condition that he wear an ankle bracelet. He pleaded not guilty in October after being indicted by a federal grand jury.

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 found more than 100 video files on Crawford’s computer that depicted the sexual abuse and exploitation of prepubescent boys and girls, according to court documents. 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.

Crawford faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

His sentencing date has not been set. Crawford will be held without bail in Maine until he is sentenced.

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