A Boothbay man on probation for possession of child pornography was sentenced Tuesday, July 25 for a new conviction of possession of child pornography.
Joseph F. Pinkham, 31, pleaded no contest to class B possession of sexually explicit materials during a hearing at the Lincoln County Courthouse in Wiscasset. The charge specifies materials depicting children under the age of 12.
Pinkham also admitted to a probation violation. He will serve a three-year probation revocation. For the new crime, he received a fully suspended 10-year prison sentence, plus 12 years of probation. He is in custody at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham.
Pinkham was arrested Aug. 2, 2016 after a joint investigation by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, the Maine Department of Corrections, and the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit, according to Assistant District Attorney Matthew Kanwit.
On July 29, the sheriff’s office and Pinkham’s probation officer received information that Pinkham had sent child pornography to a woman in Florida, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office at the time of Pinkham’s arrest.
A search of electronic devices seized during a search of Pinkham’s residence revealed evidence that “fit the definition” of the charge, Kanwit said, which is to intentionally or knowingly possess or access material that depicts a child under the age of 12 engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
Pinkham confessed to possessing the material, Kanwit said.
His probation conditions require sex-offender treatment and prohibit contact with children under 18, possession or use of electronic devices capable of internet access, and possession of sexually explicit materials.
Pinkham was already a lifetime registrant on the Maine Sex Offender Registry for five previous convictions of possession of sexually explicit materials stemming from incidents in 2012 and 2013.