Charleston sex offender indicted for sexual exploitation of a minor

Posted Feb. 16, 2012, at 6:31 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 16, 2012, at 7:06 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A registered sex offender facing sex abuse charges in state court was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor in the production of pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

Carey E. Gonyer, 43, of Charleston was indicted in December by the Penobscot County grand jury on 10 counts of sexual abuse of a minor in related incidents.

The state and federal charges involve one male victim who was 15 years old when the crimes allegedly took place, according to a previously published report.

The indictment in federal court states the incidents that led to the sexual exploitation counts occurred in June, July and September 2011. The possession count stems from a search of items, including a cellphone, at Gonyer’s home in October, when he was arrested on the state charges.

He has been held since then at Penobscot County Jail unable to post $20,000 cash bail. The U.S. Attorney’s Office has asked that he be held without bail pending the resolution of the federal charges.

His arraignment date before a federal judge has not been set but most likely will be held before the end of the month.

Gonyer was sentenced in U.S. District Court in December 2006 to 2½ years in federal prison for possession of child pornography. He was released in July 2008 and began serving three years of supervised release. Two of the counts in Thursday’s indictment appear to have taken place while Gonyer was on supervised release.

If convicted, Gonyer faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years in federal prison on the sexual exploitation charges and up to 10 years in prison on the possession of pornography charge. He also faces fines of up to $250,000 on each count.

The maximum penalty he could face in state court on the sexual abuse charge is 10 years in prison.

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