PORTLAND, Maine — A Portland man has been released on personal recognizance bail after appearing last week before a federal judge on child pornography charges.
Jonathan Fenton, 24, was charged with transportation of child pornography and possession of child pornography.
The children depicted in the images may have been as young as 5, according to court documents.
He will not enter pleas to the charges until he has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Portland. Information about when federal grand juries convene is not public, but they usually convene monthly.
Fenton was arrested last Friday. After appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge John H. Rich III, he was released on conditions that include location monitoring and limits to his access to the Internet and how he can use his cellphone.
He came to the attention of investigators last year when an FBI agent signed on to a file-sharing website using an assumed name, according to court documents. While on the site, the agent received a friend request that was traced to Fenton.
The agent downloaded photographs and videos depicting children from a folder accessed from Fenton’s username, according to court documents.
Local authorities seized his computer in July.
Fenton was arrested after a minor, whose gender is not identified in court documents, told investigators that Fenton recently had sent the minor a photo of Fenton’s private parts.
If convicted, Fenton faces a minimum of five years and up to 20 years in prison on the transportation charge and up to 10 years in prison on the possession charge. In addition to prison time, he could be ordered to pay fines of up to $250,000 on each count.