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Portland Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Child Pornography

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

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

Portland, Maine:  United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that William Alfred Roscoe, 29, of Portland, pled guilty today in U.S. District Court to possessing child pornography.

According to court records, in early 2015, agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”) were investigating the exchange of child pornography over the internet. In April, as part of the investigation, agents took custody of a laptop computer located in the Portland apartment Roscoe shared with his girlfriend and her children. Agents obtained a search warrant for the laptop.  A forensic analysis revealed numerous still images and video files depicting children engaged in sexually explicit conduct, that a user of the laptop had searched for files using keywords commonly associated with child pornography and that numerous files with titles indicative of child pornography were in the process of being downloaded to the laptop over the internet at the time agents took custody of the laptop. The investigation revealed that Roscoe knowingly possessed the laptop and knew that it contained child pornography.
Roscoe faces up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and supervised release for between 5 years and life. He will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.
The investigation was conducted by HSI and the Portland Police Department.

Updated June 24, 2015