A Kingfield man pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Friday to sexual exploitation of a child and possession of child pornography.

According to court records, between May 2009 and April 2010, Richard Hinkley, 57, saved sexually explicit images from video chats with a person he knew to be a minor.

In May 2020, a search warrant was executed at Hinkley’s home in Kingfield. According to court records, the search revealed these and other images of child pornography on Hinkley’s electronic devices, some depicting children under 12 years of age.

Hinkley faces between 15 and 30 years in prison for sexual exploitation of a child and up to 20 years for possession of child pornography. He also faces a $250,000 fine on each count and from five years to a lifetime of supervised release.

He will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.

Homeland Security Investigations, the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit and the FBI investigated the case.

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