AUGUSTA — A former Monmouth man was sentenced to six months imprisonment Tuesday on a charge he possessed sexually explicit material of a child under 12 years old.

Arthur D. Howe, 49, whom court records indicate now lives in Lewiston, was sentenced by Judge Eric Walker Tuesday to two years in prison, with all but six months suspended, and two years probation. Walker said Howe would also have to register with the state as a sex offender for 10 years.

A second count on the same charge was previously dismissed by the state.

A complaint filed by Maine State Police Detective David Armstrong indicates that Howe, on or about July 28, 2011, possessed an image or material depicting a person under the age of 12 years old engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

Howe’s attorney, Andrew Wright, said the case was continued for an extensive period of time because Howe, who wore a neck brace in court Tuesday, had undergone a number of surgeries.

The judge and state’s prosecutor agreed to delay the start of his sentence until Feb. 2, because his neck brace was scheduled to be removed just before then.