Andover man admits possessing child pornography while working at ambulance service

Posted Oct. 01, 2013, at 9:05 a.m.
Last modified Oct. 01, 2013, at 5:19 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — An Andover man pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court to possessing child pornography on a computer at the Mexico ambulance service where he worked and on his home computers.

Jason Littlehale, 41, remains free on $5,000 unsecured bail.

He is scheduled to be sentenced in January.

Littlehale came to the attention of law enforcement in March 2012 when U.S. Homeland Security Investigations received information that images and videos of child pornography had been downloaded to an IP address assigned to Med-Care Ambulance in Mexico, according to the prosecution version of events to which he pleaded guilty.

The files were viewed at various hours and days of the week between Sept. 23 and Dec. 16, 2011, the document said. The only employee working when the child pornography was viewed was Littlehale. As soon as the ambulance service was made aware of the investigation, Littlehale was placed on paid administrative leave. He later resigned, a spokesman for the service said Tuesday.

In April 2012, investigators seized Littlehale’s home computers and found images and videos depicting children engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according to court documents. One of his home computers included an image of a known, real child from a series of child pornography that originated outside the state of Maine.

Littlehale, who was indicted on the charge by a federal grand jury in June, faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. He also will be ordered to forfeit the computers seized from his home.

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