Hampden Man Sentenced to Over Twelve Years
for Child Pornography Possession
Contact: James L. McCarthy
Assistant U.S. Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373
Bangor, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Walter
Arthur Mosher, Jr., 65, of Hampden, was sentenced to 151 months imprisonment to be
followed by supervised release for life in U.S. District Court by Chief Judge John A. Woodcock,
Jr., for possession of child pornography. Mosher pled guilty to the charge on June 11, 2012 and
has been detained since his arrest on March 20, 2012.
According to court records, Mosher used a peer-to-peer file sharing network to download
child pornography. When approached by law enforcement, Mosher admitted to having
downloaded child pornography.
The investigation arose from information sent by the National Centre for Combating
Pedophilia Online located within the Italian State Police Postal and Communication Service to
the Cyber Crime Center of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland
Security Investigations (HSI) identifying a website that was offering access to images of child
pornography. A federal search warrant was executed for that website and evidence was obtained
reflecting that an Internet Protocol address assigned to the defendant was used to access images
of child pornography on that website. A federal search warrant was executed at Mosher’s
residence and a computer with images of child pornography was seized.
Defendant’s sentence was enhanced because of prior convictions for gross sexual
misconduct, unlawful sexual contact and sexual exploitation of a minor involving numerous
minors ranging in ages from three to 14 for which Mosher previously received sentences of
imprisonment of between five and 18 years. Mosher was also convicted in 2012 in Maine State
Court in Aroostook County of Gross Sexual Assault by a Repeat Sexual Assault Offender for
which he is awaiting sentencing. Defendant is a Maine lifetime sex offender registrant.
"Walter Mosher, Jr. already demonstrated that he posed a threat to the most vulnerable
members of our communities, our children," said Bruce M. Foucart, special agent in charge of
HSI (Boston). Foucart oversees HSI throughout New England. "It's a horrifying fact that by
obtaining child pornography over the Internet, offenders like Mosher effectively sentence those
depicted to a lifetime of victimization. Thanks to the hard work and determination of HSI special
agents and prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maine, that threat has
now been removed. HSI and our law enforcement partners in Maine will continue to
aggressively target child predators who are involved in any form of perpetuating these heinous
The investigation was conducted by HSI with assistance from the Bangor and Hampden
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