PORTLAND, Maine — Dana Wilson, the former college basketball star who was found guilty of one count of possession of sexually explicit material last month, has been removed from the Maine Sports Hall of Fame.
The Maine Sports Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors voted unanimously at its regularly scheduled meeting on May 29 — six days after his conviction — to revoke Wilson’s 2012 induction.
“A motion was made and it was voted upon, process-wise,” said Maine Sports Hall of Fame president Dick Whitmore.
Whitmore would not elaborate on the board’s action, but said that “to the best of [his] knowledge” this is the first time the Maine Sports Hall of Fame has revoked an induction.
“I have to think that it is,” said Whitmore, the former longtime men’s basketball coach at Colby College in Waterville and one of 286 inductees to enter the hall since its first class was selected in 1976.
Whitmore said there is nothing specific in the nonprofit organization’s bylaws to address this type of situation.
“The Maine Sports Hall of Fame takes great pride in formally honoring and memorializing Maine athletes and sports figures who have brought distinction and specialty to the state of Maine,” according to a press release announcing the revocation of Wilson’s induction.
“The [Maine Sports Hall of Fame] has long been a bastion of celebration and generosity. Since 1972, it has honored great athletes and provided more than $1 million in scholarship funds to the best of Maine’s scholar-athletes.
“The Maine Sports Hall of Fame will continue to do its best to select and honor athletes of excellence who bring pride to the great state of Maine.”
Wilson, a Brewer resident and longtime disc jockey in the area, pleaded no contest to the charge, a Class C crime, that stemmed from a June 27, 2012 indictment by the Penobscot County grand jury. Videos found on Wilson’s computer showed adult men having sex with girls under the age of 12, according to a previously published report.
He initially pleaded not guilty Aug. 8, 2012, but changed his plea as his jury-waived trial was scheduled to begin on May 23.
District Court Judge Gregory Campbell accepted Wilson’s plea and found him guilty of the crime. A sentencing date was set for July 16.
Wilson remains free on $1,000 unsecured bail with conditions that include him having no contact with children under the age of 16.
Wilson was inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame for his basketball accomplishments at Husson College, from where he graduated in 1974.
As a senior at the Bangor school, he averaged 34.9 points per game, second-most among NCAA Division III players. Wilson finished his college career with 2,471 points, and his uniform number 10 was retired by the school on Dec. 3, 1974.
An effort Tuesday to reach Wilson for comment through his attorney, Jeffrey Silverstein, did not produce an immediate response.