Palmyra Man Sentenced to 12+ Years for Accessing Child Sexual Abuse Materials

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BANGOR, Maine: A Palmyra man was sentenced in federal court today for one count of access with intent to view child pornography, U.S. Attorney Darcie N. McElwee announced.

U.S. District Judge Lance E. Walker sentenced Jason Colcord, 44, to 145 months in prison and five years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $8,000 in restitution. Colcord pleaded guilty on November 19, 2021.

According to court records, between December 2019 and February 2020, Colcord knowingly accessed with intent to view a phone that contained images of child pornography. Many of the images involved prepubescent minors who had not attained the age of 12. He downloaded multiple images using an online peer-to-peer file sharing network and viewed the images on his phone.

To report an incident involving the possession, distribution, receipt or production of child pornography: “Child pornography” captures the sexual abuse and exploitation of children. These images document victims’ exploitation and abuse, and they suffer re-victimization each time the images are viewed. File a report with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at www.cybertipline.com or 1-800-843-5678. Your report will be forwarded to a law enforcement agency for investigation and action. If you have an emergency that requires an immediate law enforcement response, call 911 or contact your local police or sheriff’s department.

Project Safe Childhood: 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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