Charleston Man Convicted of Child Pornography Charges
Contact: Stacey D. Neumann
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373
Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Carey Gonyer,
43 of Charleston, Maine, was convicted yesterday evening after a two-day jury trial in U.S. District Court
in Bangor of three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor in the production of child pornography and
one count of possession of child pornography.
According to evidence introduced at trial, Gonyer produced child pornography involving a 16-
year-old boy and possessed images of that boy and other boys on a cell phone and memory cards
located in his residence. Evidence revealed that Gonyer had been sexually assaulting the boy for months
before the images were taken.
Gonyer will be sentenced after completion of a pre-sentence investigation report by the U.S.
Probation Office. Because Gonyer was previously convicted of possessing child pornography, he faces a
mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years and up to 50 years imprisonment on each production charge,
and a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and up to 20 years on the possession charge. He also
faces fines of up to $250,000 on each count.
The investigation was conducted by the Penobscot County Sherriff’s Office, the Bangor Police
Department, and the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC), a nationwide initiative launched
in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation
and abuse. Led by the United States Attorney’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and
Obscenity Section, PSC marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute
individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about
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