BANGOR, Maine — A local lawyer and businessman was indicted Wednesday by the Penobscot County grand jury after child pornography was found on his home computers, according to the Penobscot County district attorney’s office.
Richard Violette, 53, of Bangor was indicted on one count of possession of sexually explicit materials.
An arraignment date has not been set.
Efforts on Thursday to reach Violette or an attorney representing him were unsuccessful.
Police seized Violette’s computers from his Broadway home in mid-April after another law enforcement agency informed Bangor detectives that child pornography depicting known victims had been downloaded to an IP address assigned to Violette, Michael Roberts, deputy district attorney for Penobscot County, said Thursday.
Stills and videos depicting children under the age of 12 were found on all three of Violette’s computers, the prosecutor said. Fewer than 100 images were found, Roberts estimated.
No evidence was found that Violette produced the images or used them to meet children online or in person, Roberts said.
Violette’s law practice appears to be low-key. He is not listed in the 2012-2013 Bangor-area phone book under the business section of the White Pages. He also is not listed in the Yellow Pages under lawyers and does not appear to have a website.
Earlier this year, he represented his brother Daniel Violette after he was fired as Public Works Department director in East Millinocket, according to Bangor Daily News archives. The lawyer also acted as a consultant to Medway selectmen in February when they were hiring a new fire chief.
Richard Violette also worked as a property manager, according to Roberts.
Possession of sexually explicit materials is a Class C felony. If convicted, Violette faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
He also could face disciplinary proceedings before the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar.