Former Maine prosecutor who fled state after child porn convictions to be sentenced Wednesday

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BANGOR (AP) — Maine’s former top drug prosecutor who fled the state while on bail after he was convicted of child pornography charges faces sentencing Wednesday.

James Cameron’s lawyer said in a court memorandum that he will seek a 6½-year prison term for Cameron at sentencing in U.S. District Court in Bangor. Attorney David Beneman said Cameron’s struggles with depression and family problems led to his downfall, the Portland Press Herald reported.

Cameron, 52, was convicted in 2010 of 13 counts of child pornography. He was incarcerated for a year before he was released on bail pending an appeal, cut off his electronic monitoring bracelet and fled the state in November 2012. He was arrested in New Mexico the following month.

Cameron was a Maine assistant attorney general for 18 years. He was fired in April 2008 and indicted on child pornography charges in February 2009.

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The U.S. Attorney’s Office said it will request that Cameron be sentenced according to guidelines, which could mean a term of more than 30 years in prison. A July 2013 prosecutor’s memorandum said Cameron’s behavior deserves a longer sentence than imposed in other cases.

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