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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 15, 2016

Augusta Man Pleads Guilty To Possession of Child Pornography

Contact: Andrew McCormack
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373

Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Joshua Harrison, 34, of Augusta, Maine, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court to possession of child pornography.

According to court records, in August 2015, law enforcement agents learned that child pornography had been located in the defendant’s email account.  A search warrant was executed at the defendant’s Augusta residence and agents seized his laptop computer.  Agents also seized a second computer belonging to the defendant from a local pawn shop.  Forensic examination of these devices revealed multiple images of child pornography.  During the search of his residence, the defendant also admitted that he obtained child pornography by email and a messaging application and that he met people in online chat rooms to obtain child pornography.

The defendant faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit, and the Augusta Police Department.

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Updated December 15, 2016