Northeast Harbor Man Sentenced for Failing to Register as a Sex Offender

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BANGOR, Maine: A Northeast Harbor man was sentenced today in federal court for failing to register as a sex offender, U.S. Attorney Darcie N. McElwee announced.

U.S. District Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr., sentenced Jack Palmer, 71, to 12 months and one day in prison and 10 years of supervised release. Palmer was convicted on August 2, 2021, following a bench trial.

Trial evidence revealed that in 2016, Palmer was convicted in federal court of possessing child pornography. As a result of that conviction, he was required to register as a sex offender in the state of Maine and to update that registration within three days of changing residences. In November 2020, Palmer moved from Portland to Northeast Harbor and failed to notify the Maine Sex Offender Registry. He lived at this residence until his arrest in April 2021.

The U.S. Marshals Service and the Bar Harbor/Mount Desert Island Police Department investigated the case.

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