Monmouth sex offender gets 14 days for failing to register despite new charge

Posted Nov. 06, 2013, at 9:48 a.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 52-year-old convicted sex offender retained a deal he reached with the state on his sentencing even though he was indicted during the summer in Kennebec County for possessing child pornography.

Carroll E. Cooper of Monmouth was sentenced Tuesday in Knox County Superior Court to 14 days in jail for failing to register as a sex offender.

Cooper had reached a deferred disposition with the state a year ago in which he would serve the 14 days if he committed no further violations. He was to be sentenced under that agreement two months ago, but prosecutors learned that he had been charged in Kennebec County for the child pornography allegation.

Justice Jeffrey Hjelm imposed the 14-day sentence after Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody acknowledged that even though the child pornography indictment occurred this summer, the offense allegedly occurred prior to when the deferred disposition with Carroll was negotiated.

Hjelm pointed out that the terms of the deferred disposition specified that Cooper refrain from additional criminal conduct during the period of the deferral and that there was none during that period.

Cooper’s indictment in Kennebec County alleged that he possessed the child pornography in April 2012 in Monmouth.

Cooper was moments from being sentenced in September on the failure to register offense when he asked whether he could serve the jail sentence after the middle of October because he had to be in court in Kennebec County concerning a computer. The hearing was postponed to allow the state to investigate what was happening in the other county.

Failing to register carries a maximum jail term of 364 days in jail.

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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