Ex-prosecutor gets 16 years in child porn case

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BANGOR, Maine  — Maine’s former top drug prosecutor who fled the state and set off a nationwide manhunt after being convicted of child pornography charges has been sentenced to nearly 16 years in prison.

James Cameron said in federal court Wednesday in Bangor he felt ashamed, and said there’s no excuse for his conduct especially since he understood how it affects child victims, having served as an assistant attorney general for 18 years.

Cameron was convicted in 2010 of 13 counts of child pornography. He was incarcerated for a year before being released on bail pending appeal. While on bail, he cut off his electronic monitoring bracelet and fled the state. He was arrested weeks later in New Mexico.

Under federal guidelines, Cameron could have gotten more than 30 years in prison.