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

Friday, November 21, 2014

Buxton Man Pleads Guilty to Receiving Child Pornography

Contact: Craig M. Wolff
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257

Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that John
Whittenburg, 62, of Buxton, Maine, pled guilty today in U.S. District Court to receiving child

According to court records, in April 2012, investigators looking into the sharing of child
pornography over the internet interviewed Whittenburg at his home in Buxton. Whittenburg
admitted that he had downloaded child pornography and consented to a search of his residence.
Investigators found numerous child pornography files stored on his electronic equipment,
including a video file depicting a minor female engaged in sexual activity that he had
downloaded in October 2011 using a peer-to-peer file-sharing program.

Whittenburg faces a sentence of no less than 5 years and no more than 20 years in prison,
up to a $250,000 fine and supervised release of up to life. He will be sentenced after the
completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.

The investigation was conducted by the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit and
the U.S. Secret Service.

Updated January 26, 2015