SANGERVILLE, Maine — A well-known local man whose wife operates a day care center out of their home in Sangerville was arrested by state and federal authorities Tuesday and accused of possessing child pornography.
Larry A. Daggett, 49, was charged with “possession of sexually explicit materials,” said Sgt. Glenn Lang of the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit. Piscataquis County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy said the sexually explicit materials found on Daggett’s computer depicted children under the age of 12.
Daggett was arrested at about 11 a.m. after state police, the Secret Service and two officers from the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency converged on the Hudson Avenue home he shares with his wife, Pam. Her business is called Kreative Kids Day Care.
“At this point, it does not appear that the children in that day care center are victims because he obtained this pornography over the Internet,” Almy said Tuesday.
Almy stressed that parents of children enrolled at the center should not overreact. If the children need to be talked to, the police should be the ones to do it, he said.
Almy said Daggett is expected to make his initial court appearance May 18 in 13th District Court in Dover-Foxcroft. Daggett was released from Piscataquis County Jail on Tuesday afternoon after posting bail, which was set at $5,000 cash or $25,000 surety.
Lang said Tuesday that Daggett’s Internet Protocol address, a numeric address given to a computer connected to the Internet, had been known since last fall. The IP number assigned to his house was seen several times last fall by the crime unit, Lang said.
“We’ve been doing these subpoenas on this type of investigation for a long time,” Lang said, adding that his unit has established quite a list of those believed to be involved in child pornography. “We have over 200 of these in the queue right now. It’s a hideous problem but we have only so many resources to get out and do these.”
As for Daggett, Lang said he was considered a high risk because of the day care center. However, he said police have “nothing to indicate” that the children enrolled in Pam Daggett’s day care were involved with her husband’s activities.
Daggett’s computer was seized Tuesday morning and taken outside, where the Secret Service examined it in a van. The computer later was seized as evidence, Lang said.
Lang said the Maine Department of Health and Human Services was called because the day care center is at Daggett’s home.
Police said some parents converged on the day care center to pick up their children after they learned of Daggett’s arrest.
Under Daggett’s bail conditions, he must have no contact with children under 18 years of age.