Presque Isle man facing child porn charges after his computer was returned to wrong person

Posted March 10, 2014, at 4:55 p.m.
Cecil Scott Ireland
Presque Isle Police Department
Cecil Scott Ireland

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A Presque Isle man is facing state and possible federal child pornagraphy charges after a computer he left at a local pawn shop several months ago was inadvertently returned to the wrong person.

Cecil Scott Ireland, 35, of Canterbury Road, was charged Monday with possession of sexually explicit material after Presque Isle police found more than 1,000 child pornography images on the laptop, according to Chief Matthew Irwin.

Presque Isle police are also working with law enforcement from El Paso, Texas, who traced an IP address linked to the distribution of child porngrapghy to an undercover officer in their city back to Presque Isle.

“It turned out to be Ireland,” Irwin said.

At the same time, Irwin said, they had the pawn ticket for the computer connecting it to Ireland.

A search warrant executed Monday morning by Presque Isle police at Ireland’s home turned up additional digital media and Irwin said Officer Bill Scull, a certified computer evidence forensic examiner, is in the process of going through it.

Irwin said Ireland allegedly left the laptop at the pawn shop several months ago. At some point after that, a woman went to reclaim her own computer she had left and was given Ireland’s by mistake.

When she got home and turned it on, Irwin said, she discovered the pornographic images and immediately contacted police.

“She did the exact right thing,” he said.

The ongoing investigation is in cooperation with the federal Internet Crimes Against Children task force and Homeland Security, who may be bringing federal charges against Ireland, Irwin said.

Ireland is free on $5,000 surety bail and must have no contact with anyone under the age of 18, must not possess any pornographic material and must not use or have possession of any device capable of connecting to the internet.

His initial court date has been set for April 30 in Presque Isle.

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