Mechanic Falls volunteer sentenced for sex-related crimes involving kids

AUBURN — A 55-year-old Mechanic Falls man who worked for a decade with kids on the town's Recreation Committee was sentenced Thursday to a decade behind bars for nearly a dozen sex-related crimes involving children.

"You violated the trust of an entire community," Justice MaryGay Kennedy told John "Jack" Callahan after his sentencing.

Callahan pleaded guilty to 11 felonies in Androscoggin County Superior Court, including two counts of gross sexual assault.

Kennedy sentenced Callahan to 20 years in prison on the first of the two sex assaults, but suspended 10 years of that sentence. She also sentenced him to six years on probation.

He must register for life as a sex offender.

She gave him an identical sentence on the second sexual assault charge, to be served concurrently.

Kennedy also sentenced Callahan on the other nine counts, to be served at the same time as the first one.

On five of the Androscoggin County grand jury indictment counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, she sentenced him to 10 years apiece; on two of the counts of sexual exploitation, she sentenced him to 10 years apiece. On two charges of possession of sexually explicit materials, Callahan was sentenced to five years apiece.

When he's released from prison, until his probation period has ended, he is forbidden to have contact with anyone younger than 18, unless it's a family member. In that case, he is allowed only "eyes on" supervised visits with an adult family member watching, Kennedy said.

Callahan also must undergo sex-offender evaluation and treatment.

His list of sex crimes dates back to 2005, according to prosecutors.

Mechanic Falls police Chief Jeffrey Goss said in an affidavit for a warrant that two 12-year-old boys reported they had been at Callahan's home. One of the boys was using the bathroom when the other boy walked into the pantry and found Callahan kneeling in front of a hole at the back of the room. He held a camera in one hand, the boy said. He could see that the hole gave a view of the bathroom.

One of the boys told police that a bedroom where kids are told to change their clothes also has a hole in the wall.

Goss executed a search warrant and Callahan admitted filming boys at his home. He also helped Goss find videos Callahan had hidden in his attic. School officials helped identify children in the videos, Assistant District Attorney Josh Robbins said Thursday.

He said Callahan cooperated in the police investigation and had no criminal history.

Callahan had worked on the town's 10-member Recreation Committee dating back to at least 1998, town officials had said. Callahan became a fixture at town athletic events, sometimes operating the snack shack at the ball fields beside the town hall. He sold candy and soft drinks at baseball and basketball games, among others.

He also had worked a day job with the Auburn Public Works Department.

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John Callahan right, appears in Androscoggin County Superior Court on Thursday with his attorney Jeffrey Dolley left, to enter his plea on sex-related charges involving children.

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What I don't understand is

What I don't understand is when they are given 20 year sentences, then the judge suspends 10 years of that sentence??? What is that going to do to others that commit this same kind of crime?? They know that they will be given light sentences..and the amount of time served for the 11 felonies is not enough in my book..and only birds of a feather will like this sentence..they have no business in society..they are the ones our parents warned us about, but they continue to thrive in this society because of our justice system..not caring to protect our children, but protect the guilty..their should be an island to ship these pervs to, and make sure they can't make it back to land

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That's it?

That's it? Just 10 years for a dozen incidents? The judge should go to jail for that one.


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