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

Monday, December 29, 2014

Sedgwick 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 John
Tapley, 58, of Sedgwick, Maine, pleaded guilty today in U.S District Court in Bangor to
possession of child pornography.

Court records and proceedings reveal that in January of 2013, Tapley brought his laptop
computer to a computer repair shop for service. A service technician found sexually suggestive
images of prepubescent girls on the computer and reported it to the police. Law enforcement
agents obtained a search warrant for the computer and found images and videos of child

Tapley faces a minimum of 10 years and up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000
fine. He faces an enhanced sentence because of two prior Maine Superior Court convictions for
unlawful sexual contact. He will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence
investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.

The investigation was conducted by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, the Federal
Bureau of Investigation, the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit, and the Ellsworth Police

Updated January 26, 2015