Courts and Crime

BANGOR, Maine — A Corinth, Maine, man is pleading guilty of possession of child pornography at U.S. District Court in Bangor.

FBI agents say 40-year-old David Livingston Brown emailed a video containing child pornography to an undercover agent in 2013. The bureau says Brown later admitted to sending and receiving images of child pornography by email and collecting hundreds of images and videos of child pornography over a period of several years.

Brown faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. His sentencing has not been scheduled.

JACKMAN, Maine — A Quebec resident is pleading guilty to charges he illegally smuggled his wife into the United States earlier this month.

Court records say 40-year-old Pierre Poulin of St. Martin, Quebec used an all-terrain vehicle to drive his wife to a wooded area near the Canada-United States border and then drove his vehicle to the Jackman, Maine entry point intending to pick her up. Poulin's wife is a Brazilian citizen.

GARDINER, Maine — State police say two Maine men face child pornography charges after arrests in Fairfield and Gardiner.

Police say 59-year-old Barry Williams of Gardiner and 68-year-old Thomas Williams of Fairfield were arrested late last week. The men are not related and were both arrested in their homes.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Maine police say three teenagers have been charged with setting fire to multiple outhouses at a public beach in Rockland this month.

Police say the waterfront fires happened near the Scott Street Beach on July 16 and 25. They say they've charged 19-year-old Daniel Spear of South Thomaston, 18-year-old Philip Seekins of South Thomaston, and a 16-year-old Thomaston boy whose name is not being released because of his age. Spear and Seekins were charged with four counts of arson while the boy faces two charges.

WINSLOW, Maine — A Sidney man who was charged earlier this year with sex trafficking is in trouble again, this time for attending a wedding in Winslow.

The Kennebec Journal reports that 47-year-old Frederick Horne was handcuffed by police in the parking lot of Fort Halifax Park on Sunday. He was summoned to appear in court on two counts of violating conditions of his earlier release.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ The sentencing of a Vermont man convicted of wire fraud for submitting false invoices to a Maine town won't be scheduled until sometime after Aug. 22.

Craig Sanborn, formerly of Maidstone, was convicted in May and faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office says prosecutors are awaiting a pre-sentencing report about the case. The spokeswoman says Sanborn's sentencing date will be scheduled at a court appearance that won't happen sooner than Aug. 22.

CORNISH, Maine — The president of the Cornish Elementary School Parent Teacher Club has been charged with stealing about $3,000 from the group.

Authorities say 40-year-old Deanna Lovell of Parsonsfield was indicted by a grand jury on the Class C felony theft charge earlier this month.

AUBURN, Maine — The case of a Maine man charged with strangling a Lewiston man because he was angry he had informed on a friend is in the hands of the jury.

The Androscoggin County jury in the murder trial of Michael McNaughton will continue deliberations Friday after starting Thursday.

Prosecutors say the 26-year-old McNaughton used a garrote fashioned from a bicycle cable and wooden dowels to kill 20-year-old Romeo Parent in April 2013. Authorities say McNaughton wanted Parent dead because he had told police about their friend's involvement in a burglary.

SANFORD, Maine (AP) _ Sanford police are investigating an apparent attempt to abduct two 10-year-old girls in Sanford.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Sanford police say the failed abduction attempt occurred on Tuesday evening. Police told the paper one of the girls yelled at a man who attempted to abduct them and he then fled.

Police say the girls were walking around 6:20 p.m. when a black van pulled up next to them and the driver grabbed one of them and attempted to pull her into the van. The girls were unhurt.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Litchfield woman faces a felony charge of aggravated sex trafficking for allegedly coercing a 17-year-old girl into prostitution.

Attorneys for 51-year-old Gretchen Patrick entered a plea of not guilty on her behalf in Augusta District Court on Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge alleging she promoted prostitution.

The recently added felony charge of aggravated sex trafficking will be handled later in Kennebec County Superior Court.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Westbrook woman who'd been accused of allowing her boyfriend to sexually assault a teenage female relative has been convicted of four of the six counts she faced.

Holly Morrison was convicted Wednesday of one felony count of gross sexual assault and three misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child, but was cleared of two counts of gross sexual assault.

The 14-year-old victim testified at trial, as did the 34-year-old Morrison's boyfriend, who had previously pleaded guilty to related charges.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Clinton man has been sentenced to five years in prison for a series of offenses, including the theft of more than $100,000 worth of goods from a Benton antiques dealer.

Peter Corson on Tuesday was ordered to serve 18 months of his sentence with the remainder suspended, and two years of probation.

Prosecutors say the 49-year-old Corson stole items from the antique dealer's warehouse over a three-week period last year and hid them in the woods until he could retrieve them. He was caught after a surveillance camera was installed.

BANGOR, Maine — A man whose friend was fatally shot during a home invasion in Hermon two years ago has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Phillip McIntyre was also sentenced Tuesday in Penobscot County Court to four years of probation after pleading guilty to charges including to robbery, burglary and aggravated assault.

Prosecutors say the 22-year-old McIntyre was one of three people who broke into an apartment in February 2012 to steal drugs and money.

One of the men who lived there says he shot McIntyre and Robert Dellario in self-defense. Dellario died.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Harpswell man has been sentenced to serve more than five years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually molesting a young girl numerous times over two years starting when she was 11.

In addition to five and a half years behind bars, 39-year-old Amos Johnson was sentenced Tuesday to 17 years of probation after pleading guilty to two counts of gross sexual assault. As part of a plea deal, 30 counts were dismissed.

JACKMAN, Maine (AP) _ Federal officials say a Canadian man is facing charges after he tried to illegally bring his wife across the border into Maine.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers say they became suspicious last week when they found women's clothing in the vehicle of 41-year-old Pierre Poulin of St. Martin, Quebec, as he attempted to cross the border at Jackman. Border Patrol agents found his 27-year-old wife dressed in camouflage in the woods.

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