Windham animal control officer arrested on child porn charge

Posted Jan. 22, 2014, at 8:46 p.m.

The town of Windham’s animal control officer was arrested Wednesday afternoon on a charge of possessing child pornography, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said Wednesday night.

Joseph Payton, 22, was arrested by the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit at his home in Casco and taken to the Cumberland County Jail, McCausland said in a news release.

Payton is charged with possession of sexually explicit material, McCausland said. Payton lives with his girlfriend in a camper home, which is located behind his mother’s house on Leach Hill Road.

State police detectives found multiple images and videos of child pornography on Payton’s computer, which was seized and will be analyzed.

In addition to being animal control officer for Windham, Payton has served as a volunteer firefighter in Casco, McCausland said.

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