Contempt of court charge filed against ex-prosecutor James Cameron

Posted Jan. 02, 2013, at 7:55 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 03, 2013, at 5:58 p.m.
James Cameron
U.S. Marshals Service
James Cameron

PORTLAND, Maine — James Cameron, Maine’s former top drug prosecutor, has a new charge to face when he comes back to Maine next week.

The 50-year-old man from Rome, has had a criminal contempt of court charge filed against him for fleeing custody after being sentenced to serve 16 years in federal prison on child pornography charges in March 2011.

The contempt charge results from Cameron’s flight from Maine after cutting off his ankle monitoring bracelet early on Nov. 15. He was caught in New Mexico and taken back into custody Dec. 2. He was being held at Sandoval County Detention Center in Rio Rancho, N.M., but his current whereabouts could not be confirmed.

“He’s being held between Albuquerque and Maine,” said U.S. Marshal for Maine Noel March. “I don’t expect him back in the state until next week in anticipation of his appearance in U.S. District Court in Portland.”

Cameron is scheduled to appear before U.S. District Judge John Woodcock next week in Portland.

Cameron was released on bail pursuant to conditions of release Aug. 11, 2011, but according to court documents, he violated those conditions when he removed the bracelet and disabled his computer Internet monitoring system, changed his address without permission, left his residence for an extended period while on curfew, and left the state without permission from his parole officer. He fled less than 12 hours after a three-judge panel of the federal appellate court in Boston upheld seven of his 13 convictions on child pornography charges.

The U.S. attorney’s office filed a motion on Nov. 15 to revoke Cameron’s bail. A federal judge in New Mexico ordered Cameron returned to Maine last month.

CORRECTION:

A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s planned to file a motion to revoke Cameron’s bail once he is back in Maine.

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