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Sedgwick Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Possession of Child Pornography

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

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, was sentenced today in U.S District Court by Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. to 10 years in prison and 10 years of supervised release for possession of child pornography.  He pleaded guilty to the charge on December 29, 2014.

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 pornography.

Tapley faced an enhanced sentence because of two prior Maine Superior Court convictions for unlawful sexual contact with minors.

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 Department.

Updated May 12, 2015