BRUNSWICK – The former federal agent whose book about the brutal murder of a young Maine girl intensified charges of wrongful conviction will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, March 14, at the Curtis Memorial Library.

James Moore wrote “Human Sacrifice” after conducting his own 10-year investigation and concluding that Dennis Dechaine was not the man who murdered 12-year-old babysitter Sarah Cherry in Bowdoinham in 1988.

Dechaine was convicted of the crime and has served more than 16 years of a life sentence in Maine State Prison. Moore’s presentation will recap the case and include evidence that has come to light through lawsuits he filed under the Freedom of Information Act since the book was published in 2002.

Moore worked for the U.S. Treasury Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for 25 years before retiring to Brunswick.

The author has directed Blackberry Press, the publisher of Human Sacrifice, to send all his royalties directly to Trial & Error.

Moore will sign copies of the book and also answer questions. The event will be in the Morrell Room.

More information about the Dechaine case, including updates from Moore, is available online at

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