Houlton man gets 10 years for sharing child porn

David Russell
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David Russell
By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted May 09, 2013, at 6:08 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Houlton man was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court to 10 years in prison for sharing child pornography with two law enforcement officers working undercover separately outside Maine.

David A. Russell, 58, waived indictment and pleaded guilty in September to one count of transportation of child pornography. He has been held without bail since then.

In addition to prison time, U.S. District Judge John Woodcock sentenced Russell to five years of supervised release.

The defendant had no criminal record, according to the U.S. attorney’s office, which prosecuted the case.

The judge also ordered Russell to pay $7,250 in restitution to fund counseling for two of the victims. Both were depicted in the images found on Russell’s computer.

Photos and videos depicting one victim in what is known as the “Vicky” series are considered to be among the most widely circulated in the world. Images of the girl had been identified by the the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in about 8,000 cases nationwide, according to a previously published report.

Russell came to the attention of law enforcement officials in Maine after he shared child pornography on Aug. 17, 2011, with a Wheaton, Ill. police officer working undercover on a peer-to-peer file-sharing network child pornographers are known to frequent, according to the prosecution version of events to which the defendant pleaded guilty.

He originally was charged in state court. Those charges were dropped after he pleaded guilty to the federal charge.

Independent of the Illinois officer, an FBI agent in the New York City office working undercover in the same peer-to-peer file-sharing network received child pornography from Russell on Oct. 25, 2011, the prosecution version of the offense said.

His computer was seized on Nov. 30, 2011, according to court documents.

The images and videos Russell admitted to sharing depicted prepubescent children having sex with adults and children, according to the prosecution version. There was no evidence the material seized included images of local children, according to a previously published report.

The number of images found on Russell’s computer and the fact that the children had not entered puberty increased the amount of time he will spend behind bars, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Russell had been working as an advertising representative for the Houlton Pioneer Times but resigned before his arrest, the report said.

Russell faced a mandatory minimum of five years in prison and a maximum of 20 years and a fine of up to $250,000. Under the prevailing federal sentencing guidelines, he faced between 12 years and eight months and 15 years and eight months in prison.

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