Sex offender who fled when police showed up at his home pleads guilty to possessing child pornography

Posted Nov. 06, 2013, at 5:39 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A registered sex offender who fled toward the woods behind his home when police came to question him in September 2012 pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to possession of child pornography.

Ronald H. Trecartin, 31, of Linneus told police that he downloaded videos and images of children being sexually abused while he was taking methamphetamine. He also has been charged in Aroostook County with 20 counts of violating a protection from abuse order, according to documents filed in federal court.

Trecartin has been held without bail since his arrest Sept. 25, 2012, on the state charges, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court. He was charged in federal court in December in connection with the more than 80 images and nearly 50 video clips of children engaged in sexually explicit activities that were found on two computers seized at his residence.

What led police to investigate Trecartin’s downloading of child pornography is not explained in court documents. When an agent with Homeland Security Investigations accompanied by troopers with the Maine State Police, members of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Houlton Police Department went to Trecartin’s Ruth Road home, he ran out a back door toward a wooded area but was stopped and taken into custody at the tree line.

Trecartin was required to register as a sex offender for 10 years due to his conviction in 2005 on one count of visual sexual aggression against a child, according to information posted on the Maine Sex Offender Registry. Trecartin told investigators in September 2012 that he was on the registry for “exposing his genitals to several young kids while he was under the influence,” according to court documents.

A sentencing date has not been set on the federal charge. He will continue to be held at the Somerset County Jail in East Madison until he is sentenced.

If U.S. District Judge John Woodcock determines that Trecartin’s state conviction meets the definition of child sexual abuse under the federal sentencing guidelines, Trecartin faces between 10 and 20 years in federal prison.

If the judge finds it does not meet that definition, Trecartin faces up to 10 years in prison. No matter how long his sentence, he also could be fined up to $250,000. Trecartin also could be required to again register as a sex offender once released.

Information about the status of the state charges was not available late Wednesday.

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