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Winter Harbor Man Sentenced to Five Years for Possession of Child Pornography

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

Bangor, Maine: Acting United States Attorney Richard W. Murphy announced that Jack Palmer, 66, of Winter Harbor, Maine, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court to five years in prison to be followed by ten years of supervised release for possession of child pornography. Palmer was convicted on September 13, 2016 following a jury trial.

The evidence at trial revealed that on October 23, 2014, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Palmer’s residence where they recovered a laptop computer and compact disks. A forensic examination of these items revealed over 300 images and videos of child pornography. During two separate interviews with law enforcement, Palmer admitted to searching for, viewing, and collecting child pornography.

At sentencing, Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. noted that Palmer had done something “terribly wrong” and that the images of child pornography were “abhorrent.” Judge Woodcock admonished Palmer for committing a “terrible crime against children.”

The investigation was conducted by the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit


Jody Mullis
Andrew McCormack
Assistant United States Attorneys
Tel: (207) 945-0373

Updated June 6, 2017

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