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Former Prosecutor Indicted On Child Pornography Charges

BANGOR, Maine (AP) -- Maine's former top drug prosecutor pleaded not guilty Tuesday to federal child pornography charges.

James Cameron, 46, of Westland, Mich., turned himself in to federal marshals in Bangor after being indicted last week by a federal grand jury. He is charged with 16 counts of transporting, receiving and possessing child pornography between July 2006 and January 2008.

He is accused of uploading images of child pornography to an Internet site using five screen names and of transmitting images of child pornography using an online chat and file-sharing service.

Cameron's bail was set at $75,000, with conditions that he be released to his brother's custody in Michigan, wear an electronic monitor and have limited access to the Internet. The government had sought to have him held without bail.

Cameron served as an assistant attorney general in Augusta until the state police investigation became public last spring.

If convicted, he faces five to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000.

Portland defense lawyer Peter Rodway said Cameron is relieved at the chance to rebut the charges.

"It's our position that he never knowingly possessed or transported child pornography," Rodway said.

U.S. Attorney Paula Silsby said the case could go to trial in June.


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