PORTLAND, Maine — A local man made his first appearance Thursday on a charge of exploitation of children in U.S. District Court.
Paul “LT” Henry, 24, of Portland was arrested Wednesday. The circumstances surrounding his arrest were not available Thursday.
He was ordered temporarily detained until a bail hearing is held Tuesday, according to information posted on the court’s electronic case filing system.
Henry allegedly filmed himself sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl the weekend of Jan. 25 and 26, according to the complaint. Videos of the alleged incident were found on Henry’s phones.
He came to the attention of local investigators in Portland on Feb. 12, when investigators with U.S. Homeland Security Investigations in Detroit, Mich., said a 19-year-old New York woman was being prostituted by an unidentified man believed to be with her in Portland, the complaint said.
That same day, a Portland police officer found Henry and the woman, who had been reported missing by a New York City-service provider that encountered her when she was working in that city as a prostitute, in a Portland motel, the complaint said. It was while looking for evidence of human trafficking in connection with the 19-year-old on Henry’s phone that the alleged videos of the minor were found.
Information about whether Henry was facing state charges in connection with his activities with the 19-year-old was not available late Thursday.
If convicted on the federal charge, Henry faces between 15 and 30 years in prison. He also could be fined up to $250,000.