LINCOLN, Maine — A missionary from Oregon accused in that state of pressuring a 13-year-old Lincoln girl to send him a nude picture of herself might face charges if he ever returns to Maine, Police Chief William Lawrence said.
“We are going to apply for an arrest warrant,” Lawrence said earlier this week. “If he ever decides to do missionary work again in Maine, those warrants will be there.”
“We want to make sure this family in Maine is somewhat protected if he ever shows up again,” Lawrence added.
A Mormon missionary, Kaleb Daniel Lowe, 22, of Springfield, Ore., was charged Nov. 8 by Springfield police with attempting to use a child in a sexual display. He is in Oregon’s Lane County Jail awaiting trial, police said.
Springfield police Detective Sgt. David Lewis has said the investigation began earlier this month when the Lincoln girl’s mother saw a nude photograph of Lowe and suggestive texts he sent to the girl via the girl’s cellphone. Lowe had stayed at the family’s home over the summer while doing missionary work, police said.
The woman contacted Lincoln police, and Officer Mark Fucile contacted Springfield police Detective David Grice, Lawrence said.
Lewis said previously that Lowe agreed to show police his cellphone and from that police gleaned enough information to seek an arrest warrant. However, Grice said in an email a few days later that Lowe refused to cooperate with police and it was Fucile’s work securing the photograph and suggestive texts that made the difference.
“Fucile deserves 99 percent of the credit on this one,” Grice said in the email.
Lawrence did not say what charges Lowe would face in Maine if he returned. The investigation is continuing, and prosecutors from the Penobscot County district attorney’s office and a judge must approve the warrant before an arrest could occur. Extradition in a case such as this is unlikely.