Ellsworth Man Sentenced for Child Porn



BANGOR — An Ellsworth man has been sentenced in U.S. District Court to six years in prison for possessing child pornography he made of a young female family member.

Thomas King, 43, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography in October 2011. He was indicted on the charge on July 21 of that year and arrested on a warrant the following day.

During the Aug. 21 sentencing, Justice John Woodcock also ordered King to serve 10 years probation following his release from prison, undergo sex offender counseling and register as a sex offender.

Police became aware of King’s activity after his estranged wife found a box for a clock that had a hidden video camera in 2009. She told police the clock had been on a windowsill in a bathroom used by the female relative.

In January 2011, a detective with the state police computer crimes unit interviewed King, who admitted he had purchased the clock and placed it in the bathroom but denied activating the camera and downloading the associated software. King did give permission for the detective to take his desktop and laptop computers to the unit’s lab in Vassalboro so a forensic search could be made.

According to court records, the hard drives of the computers contained sexually explicit videos and still photos of the female relative, who apparently was being filmed without her knowledge.

During a subsequent interview, King admitted to the same detective that he had downloaded images from the clock’s camera to his computer and that he had watched the videos.

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Mark Good

Mark Good

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander