Fort Kent man indicted on child pornography charges

Posted Jan. 14, 2014, at 5:19 p.m.

FORT KENT, Maine — A resident has been indicted by the Aroostook County grand jury on two counts of possession of sexually explicit materials involving a minor.

Maurice Michaud, 73, was taken into custody at the Fort Kent police station early Monday morning, according to Police Chief Kenneth Michaud.

Maurice Michaud had been the subject of an investigation by detectives with the federal Department of Homeland Security, which has jurisdiction over child pornography cases, according to Aroostook County District Attorney Todd Collins.

“They conducted the investigation,” Collins said Tuesday afternoon.

Also on Tuesday, Chief Michaud said he received the arrest warrant issued by the grand jury Monday morning and had gone to the suspect’s Frenchville Road residence to take him into custody, but Maurice Michaud was not home.

However, when Chief Michaud returned to the police station, his dispatcher informed him that Maurice Michaud had just been seen in the adjoining town office.

Chief Michaud said he asked the suspect to accompany him back to the police station, where he subsequently was arrested without incident around 8:30 a.m. Monday.

According to the indictment, around October 2010, Maurice Michaud knowingly and intentionally transported, purchased, exhibited or possessed with the intent to view images depicting a minor under the age of 12 engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Homeland Security detectives inspected computers found at Maurice Michaud’s residence before he was arrested, according to Chief Michaud.

But further details about the investigation and how it originated were not immediately available.

After his arrest, bail for Maurice Michaud was set at $1,000, which he immediately paid, Chief Michaud said, and he remains free on bail.

Collins said the suspect is due for arraignment in February.

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