Former Augusta mental health worker facing porn charge arrested in connection with gross sexual assault

By Alex Barber, BDN Staff
Posted March 15, 2013, at 5:59 p.m.

SKOWHEGAN, Maine — A former mental health worker charged in federal court with production of child pornography was arrested on Friday after being indicted for sexual assault on a boy.

Wade Robert Hoover, 35, of Augusta, who has been in Somerset County Jail in Madison since December for the production of child pornography charge, was arrested by the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department on Friday. He is charged with Class A gross sexual assault on a child under the age of 11, Somerset County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney said on Friday afternoon.

The alleged assault took place in April 2012 in The Forks, according to the indictment. Hoover was indicted by a Somerset County grand jury on Thursday.

Hoover remains in Somerset County Jail on $100,000 cash bond, said Maloney. She said she intends to seek concurrent sentences for the two crimes.

Hoover was arrested on the federal charge on Dec. 7 in Kennebec County Jail in Augusta.

He had taught martial arts to children at a Lewiston karate studio.

He was arrested Oct. 3 at the Augusta office of the Maine chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, where he worked.

Investigators went to the NAMI office after an agent with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security who was monitoring the Ares computer network saw that 10 known videos of child pornography had been made available over that network to an IP address registered to NAMI, which provides support, education and advocacy to the mentally ill and their families.

No evidence of child pornography was found on the NAMI server, according to court documents. In Hoover’s office, however, police found a laptop computer on the desk next to the office desktop computer.

Hoover allegedly admitted to investigators that he used his personal laptop computer to log into the Ares network and download child pornography. During his discussions with agents, Hoover admitted that he “has a sexual preference for … boys between 12 and 14 years of age,” according to court documents.

He faces up to 30 years in prison on the gross sexual assault charge, said Maloney.

BDN reporter Judy Harrison contributed to this report.

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