Martial arts instructor arrested for possessing child porn

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff
Posted Oct. 03, 2012, at 4:10 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A martial arts instructor from Augusta was arrested Wednesday after multiple child pornography images were found on his computer, police say.

Wade Hoover, 34, is facing a charge of possession of sexually explicit material, according to a media release from Department of Public Safety Spokesman Stephen McCausland.

Hoover is a staff member at the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and owns Kosho Warrior’s Martial Arts Studio and United Martial Arts Academy, both in Lewiston.

Hoover was taken into custody Wednesday morning at his National Alliance on Mental Illness office in Augusta, McCausland said. Children as young as 3 years old have spent time under his tutelage at the martial arts studios.

Upon receiving a tip, members of the State Police Computer Crimes unit and the federal immigration and customs enforcement agency went to Hoover’s office, McCausland said, and found he was using a personal computer to distribute child porn images via the company’s Internet service.

Hoover was arrested and taken to Kennebec County Jail, where he remains Wednesday afternoon. McCausland said officials at Hoover’s workplace are cooperating with police.

Additional charges are anticipated after officials go through Hoover’s computer, according to McCausland.

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