A former Bangor area disc jockey convicted of possessing child pornography in 2014 was arrested this week in Florida for allegedly violating his probation.
Dana Wilson, 67, of The Villages, Florida, is be held without bail at the Lake County Jail, according to information on the jail’s website.
According to villages-news.com, Wilson, formerly of Brewer, was arrested after a probation officer allegedly found three laptop computers and 33 hard drives and USB devices in one of two homes he owns in The Villages, a planned retirement community located about 60 miles northwest of Orlando in central Florida.
Under the terms of his probation, Wilson was allowed to have one computer that was to be registered with his probation office in Florida, according to Penobscot County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy.
He said Friday that his office would wait for the results of the Florida investigation before deciding whether to file a motion to revoke Wilson’s probation.
Wilson allegedly told his Florida probation officer that two of the laptops were his and one had belonged to his deceased parents, villages-news.com reported.
The case that led to the charges against Wilson began when Brewer police Sgt. Jay Munson went to Wilson’s home on Feb. 14, 2011, after learning from the group Internet Crimes Against Children that someone with an IP address at the home where Wilson lived had received a video known to portray child pornography, according to testimony at Wilson’s jury-waived trial in late June 2014 at the Penobscot Judicial Center.
Wilson was never accused of sexually touching or abusing any children.
Superior Court Justice Ann Murray found Wilson guilty of possessing child pornography on July 1, 2014. She sentenced Wilson on Aug. 23, 2014, to 2 ½ years in prison with all but 9 months suspended to be followed by four years of probation.
If convicted of violating his probation, Wilson could be sent back to jail in Maine for up to 21 months, the remainder of his sentence.
The judge allowed Wilson to remain free on bail while he appealed his case to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. The justices unanimously upheld his conviction on Nov. 17, 2015. Wilson reported to the Penobscot County Jail to begin serving his sentence the following week.
Wilson was incarcerated at the Penobscot County Jail from Nov. 11, 2014, until July 10, 2016, when he was released after earning time off for good behavior, according to jail personnel.
Under Maine law, Wilson faced up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 for the Class C crime of possession of child pornography. Wilson, who has no prior criminal record, is required to register as a sex offender for life.
Wilson was inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame in May 2012, a month before he was indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury, for his basketball feats at Bangor’s Husson College, now Husson University, where he graduated in 1974. That honor was revoked May 29, 2013, by the hall’s board of directors.
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