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March 10, 2011

Former top Maine prosecutor gets 16-year (below-guideline) federal prison term for child porn offenses

Following up a notable federal child porn sentencing story I flagged here yesterday, as detailed in this new update, today Maine's "former top drug prosecutor [was told he] will spend 16 years in federal prison for his conviction on charges of possession and transmission of child pornography."  Here are some more details:

James M. Cameron, 48, formerly of Hallowell and Rome, was sentenced Thursday in federal court.  He indicated he will file appeals.

Police began investigating former Cameron, an assistant attorney general at the time, after Yahoo! reported finding images of child pornography in the photos section of an account holder later identified as Cameron's wife.  That led to James Cameron's Feb. 11, 2009, federal indictment on 16 counts of transportation, receipt and possession of child pornography....

The charges stated that, "on or about Aug. 11, 2007," Cameron "knowingly transported child pornography in interstate commerce by means of computer, specifically by transmitting digital images of child pornography using Google Hello, an Internet-based chat and file-sharing service."

According to the prior stories about this case, the federal sentencing guidelines recommended a sentence of nearly 22 to over 27 years for Cameron and federal prosecutors were apparently seeking a within-guideline sentence.  So, despite the fact Cameron will likely be imprisoned until around 2025 even with good-time credit, he can and should be thankful that the Booker case (which involved, notably, a drug defendant) allowed the sentencing judge here to cut more than a half-decade off his time in the federal pen.

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Let's say the investigation and trial cost 100 grand, and it costs 25 grand per year to keep him in prison. That is 400 grand plus 100 grand equals half a million dollars, for someone who wasn't an immanent threat to children.

In the mean time, that half a million (minus, say, 25 grand for the cost of a year in jail after a plea) could probably save a hundred children from the risk of death or mayhem or sexual abuse if given to child protective services instead.

Which really protects children better?

Posted by: George | Mar 10, 2011 7:01:30 PM

immanent = imminent

Posted by: George | Mar 10, 2011 9:16:39 PM

Still, an excessive and disparate sentence

Posted by: Benson Weintraub | Mar 10, 2011 10:46:02 PM

For "transportation," "receipt" and possession? Insane.

Chalk up the half-million dollars George mentioned as the price of congressional grandstanding.

Posted by: John K | Mar 11, 2011 9:17:25 AM

Someone who is entrusted to uphold the law violates children by being a part of the vile child pornography world, receiving hundreds of images of RAPED children. This is just what he was caught for, none of you can say without a doubt that he has violated child(ren) in any other way. It is unknown the cost of children's lives that have been saved by this sentence. I wish he had received the guideline sentence that the government asked for. People who are entrusted to uphold the law should be held to a higher standard and if this sentence serves as a reminder to other prosecutors that they are not above the law, then it is worth the $500,000, in my humble opinion!

Posted by: anon | Mar 11, 2011 10:23:15 AM

It is always amusing to see the outrage of someone claiming harm done by those who look at pictures. Clearly there is a link to how they make a living and job security.
Nobody ever worries that after watching a sporting event, people will run madly down the street tackling strangers, or randomly swing hockey sticks.

Posted by: anon | Mar 11, 2011 9:26:16 PM

Anon: @ 10:23:15 AM:

You are either a member of DHS, DOJ, FBI, ICE or NCMEC:

In your reply, please specify, or I will ignore you.

There is no evidence he touched anyone at anytime, just your far reaching speculation.

In the 1950's, all rapists owned at least one copy of Playboy. Therefore, anyone who owned a copy of Playboy, was a rapist (or potential rapist).

Yes, your opinion is humble and stupid and ignorant!!!

Go crawl into your fascist hole.

Posted by: albeed | Mar 11, 2011 11:59:38 PM

Wow...Albeed...to call someone "stupid and ignorant" because they disagree with your views is...well, stupid and ignorant. I am not a member nor have I been of any of the groups you cite, I am someone who believes that people who commit crimes against children are the lowest scum on this planet. In my humble opinion, those who even "only view" child pornography are contributing to the problem of children being victimized throughout the world for their viewing pleasure. Mind you, these pictures are of children sunning themselves on the beach, they are literally videos and pictures of kids being raped, sodomized, and other horrible acts. This person was a prosecutor who was sworn to uphold the laws and protect society, not contribute to its seedy side.

So, if that makes me a "facist" then I wear that label proudly. And please, next time, quote me properly, I never said that he actually touched a child, but it wouldn't suprise me if he has.

Back into my facist hole where I will not make apologies for people who like to view kids being raped!

Posted by: anon | Mar 14, 2011 10:19:49 AM

What is it that is said about a person who speaks the loudest on an issue?

Posted by: Huh? | Mar 15, 2011 10:17:31 PM

As a black male who has made some bad choices in my life(and i paid dearly for them) it kills me how judges, police officers who commit crimes get a slap on the wrist. Because they are suppose to uphold the law, you would think that they would be held to a higher standard. But the truth is there is no real justice in this country. The whole judicial system is about money and race. (and not in that order)Blacks are targeted, harassed and oppressed everyday in the U.S. which in turn makes the judicial system(judges, lawyers, police, correction officers, etc.)lots of money. I pray that there is a God, so that one day all you who have benefited off of this unjust system will get your just rewards in the hereafter or the here and now.

Posted by: R. Brown | May 20, 2011 1:39:39 PM

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