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Guilford Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maine

BANGOR, Maine:  A Guilford man pleaded guilty in federal court today to possessing child pornography, U.S. Attorney Darcie N. McElwee announced.

According to court records, between about October 6, 2020, and about April 1, 2021, Scott Tarr, 56, possessed child pornography on his cellphone which he had used to download the material from the internet. Some of the images depicted children under the age of 12.

Tarr faces up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and up to a lifetime of supervised release. He will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office. A federal district judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

The Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit and Homeland Security Investigations investigated the case.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

To report an incident involving the possession, distribution, receipt, or production of child pornography, file a report with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at or 1-800-843-5678. Your report will be forwarded to a law enforcement agency for investigation and action. If you have an emergency that requires an immediate law enforcement response, please call 911 or contact your local police or sheriff’s department.


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Chris Ruge
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373

Updated January 28, 2022

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