Two Houlton men charged with possessing child porn

Posted Aug. 15, 2012, at 12:53 p.m.
David Copley
David Copley
Will Copley
Will Copley
David B. Copley, 61, and Will Copley, 30, of Houlton were arrested shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012  by the Houlton Police Department for allegedly possessing pornographic images of minor children on their computers. Police executed a search warrant at their home on 46 School Street.
Jen Lynds | BDN
David B. Copley, 61, and Will Copley, 30, of Houlton were arrested shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012 by the Houlton Police Department for allegedly possessing pornographic images of minor children on their computers. Police executed a search warrant at their home on 46 School Street.

HOULTON , Maine — Two Houlton men were arrested Tuesday evening for allegedly possessing pornographic images of minor children on their computers.

Houlton Police Chief Butch Asselin said David B. Copley, 61, and Will Copley, 30, were arrested shortly after 5 p.m. by officers from Houlton Police Department.

The arrests were the result of a lengthy investigation conducted jointly with the Maine Computer Crimes Task Force.

According to Asselin, members of the Houlton Police Department and the Maine Computer Crimes Task Force executed a search warrant at 46 School St. on Aug. 2.

Law enforcement officials seized a laptop, a desktop computer and an external hard drive. Evidence of pornographic images involving minor children were observed on the devices. The digital images allegedly were downloaded by the Copleys using P2P software, which allows computers linked together to form a decentralized network sharing files between users.

Asselin said the identities of the children in the photos are undetermined, but police say they don’t believe local children are involved.

Both men were charged with possession of sexually explicit material of a minor under 12, which is a class C felony. They will appear in court on Sept. 19. A Class C felony is punishable by up to five years in prison and $5,000 in fines.

As a condition of bail, Houlton police have requested the Copleys not be in possession of any electronic devices capable of accessing the Internet.

The Copley residence is located diagonally across from the Greater Houlton Christian Academy.

Two other adults residing at the Copley residence were not charged.

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