Lewiston Auburn Magazine fires publisher after child porn arrest

Posted March 21, 2014, at 2:22 p.m.

LEWISTON, Maine — Joshua Shea, a former Auburn city councilor and publisher of Lewiston Auburn Magazine, has been fired from the position in the wake of his arrest on a child pornography possession charge, LA Publishing announced Friday.

“LA Publishing is deeply troubled and disturbed by the arrest of Joshua Shea,” the company announced on its Facebook page. “As of the afternoon of March 20, he has been fired from his position as publisher and president of the company.”

“The Board of Directors, in conjunction with the shareholders, will be evaluating the current standing of the company,” the post read.

The Lewiston Auburn Film Festival, for which Shea served as director, may be in jeopardy, the Sun Journal reported.

Chip Morrison, president of the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce, told the Sun Journal he was saddened by Shea’s arrest and what it could mean to for the festival and the many filmmakers who plan to show their films.

Police acted on a tip that Shea had sexually explicit materials on his computer, police said Thursday. His computer was seized and will be analyzed by computer crimes unit officials, but police said hundreds of images of child pornography have already been found.

Shea was released on $500 bail Thursday on the condition he have no contact with children under 12.

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