Gorham Man Sentenced to 17 Years for Receiving and Possessing Child Pornography


PORTLAND, Maine: A Gorham man was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Portland for receiving and possessing child pornography, Acting U.S. Attorney Donald E. Clark announced.

U.S. District Judge Nancy Torresen sentenced Carl Loomis, 65, to 17 years in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release. Loomis pleaded guilty on November 30, 2020.

According to court records, in May 2018, investigators with the Gorham Police Department executed a search warrant at Loomis’s residence in Gorham. He admitted to investigators that he had child pornography images on his phone and that he had sent images to others using chat sites. Investigators seized several electronic devices from the residence. On one of them, they found chats using a messaging application in which Loomis received child pornography images and videos and discussed his sexual interest in children.

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The Gorham Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations investigated the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Department’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

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