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

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Gorham Man Sentenced to Six Years in Prison for 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 Gorham, Maine, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge Nancy Torresen to six years in prison and six years of supervised release for receiving child pornography. Whittenburg pleaded guilty to the charge on November 21, 2014.

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.

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

Updated March 4, 2015