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Augusta Man Sentenced to 40 Years on Federal
Child Exploitation and Pornography Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 2, 2013

Contact: F. Todd Lowell
Assistant U.S. Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373

Bangor, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Wade
Robert Hoover, 35, of Augusta, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Chief Judge John
A. Woodcock, Jr. to 40 years in prison to be followed by a lifetime of supervised release for
using children to produce child pornography and for possessing child pornography of other
children. He had pleaded guilty to the charges on February 5, 2013.

Court records reveal that between 2008 and 2012 the defendant sexually abused two
minor children and took pictures and video of that abuse. In addition to images of these children,
the defendant possessed images of other minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct that he had
not produced but had downloaded from the Internet. The defendant’s conduct was discovered
following an undercover law enforcement operation that led to the defendant at his place of
employment in Augusta. Federal and state law enforcement officers seized computers and hard
drives from the defendant and forensically analyzed the seized items to recover the child
pornography.

The investigation was conducted jointly by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement-
Homeland Security Investigations division of the Department of Homeland Security, the Maine
State Police Computer Crimes Unit, and the Major Crimes Unit of the Maine State Police.

U.S. Attorney Delahanty praised the cooperative efforts of the federal agents and State
Police units. "Their work was detailed and thorough which is necessary to combat this type of
criminal activity. This office and law enforcement agencies in Maine will continue to vigorously
investigate and prosecute these cases to protect children from physical and emotional harm. The
long sentence in this case clearly indicates that the court takes these cases seriously as well."

 

 

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