PORTLAND (AP) — Maine's former top drug prosecutor has disappeared following a federal appeals court decision upholding his conviction on seven counts of child pornography, the U.S. Marshals Service said Monday.
James Cameron, 50, cut off his court-ordered electronic monitoring ankle bracelet and disappeared around midnight on Nov. 14, the same day the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston upheld convictions on seven counts of sending, receiving and possessing child pornography while vacating convictions on six counts, said Dean Knightly, deputy U.S. marshal for Maine.
Cameron was last seen leaving a friend's house in Hallowell while driving a 1999 Audi A6 with license plate number 233PL, Knightly said. Authorities are now unsure of his whereabouts.
"We are following leads in state and out of state and at various locations around the country," Knightly said.
Cameron served as an assistant attorney general in Augusta until the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit began investigating him in 2008. He was convicted on the charges in 2010 and sentenced the following year to 16 years in prison.
A federal appeals court in August 2011 ordered that Cameron be freed on unsecured bail pending his appeal. In its decision last week to uphold some of the convictions and vacate others, the appeals ordered Cameron's case back to U.S. District Court in Maine for resentencing.
The U.S. attorney's office filed a motion the following day to revoke Cameron's bail, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald Clark.