Child porn charge sinks Monmouth sex offender’s deal

Posted Sept. 24, 2013, at 2:37 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 24, 2013, at 10:09 p.m.
Carroll Cooper Jr.
Maine Department of Public Safety
Carroll Cooper Jr.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 52-year-old Monmouth man was within a moment of getting a light jail sentence on a charge of failing to register as a sex offender.

But then the defendant, Carroll E. Cooper, asked if he could serve the 14-day jail sentence after the middle of next month. When questioned by Justice Jeffrey Hjelm on the reason for the request, Cooper said he had to be in Kennebec County court “about a computer.”

The hearing was recessed and after the break, Assistant District Attorney Jeff Baroody said he contacted the Kennebec County court and learned that Cooper had been indicted for possession of sexually explicit material of someone under 12 years old.

Because of the new charge, Baroody said the district attorney’s office was withdrawing its previously agreed upon deferred disposition for Cooper, which called for the 14-day jail sentence on a charge of failing to register. The offense carries a maximum possible sentence of 364 days in jail.

Attorney Randy Robinson argued that the indictment simply involved an allegation and that the charge of failing to register as a sex offender was a technical violation. He asked that the deferred disposition agreement be honored.

Justice Hjelm ruled, however, that the offer could be withdrawn.

The prosecution said it wanted more time to determine what sentence to recommend for Carroll. Carroll remains free on bail.

To reach a sexual assault advocate, call the Statewide Sexual Assault Crisis and Support Line at 800-871-7741, TTY 888-458-5599. This free and confidential 24-hour service is accessible from anywhere in Maine. Calls are automatically routed to the closest sexual violence service provider.

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