An Aroostook County man accused of collecting photos of infants being sexually molested pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court in Bangor to three child pornography-related charges.

Robert Kinney Jr., 40, of Blaine, was first arrested at his home last Sept. 26 by Maine State Police, who were acting on a tip, Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said at the time.

Kinney, who goes by the nickname “Snake,” was indicted by a federal grand jury on Feb. 12 and appeared for his arraignment in federal court on Tuesday to face charges of transporting or shipping of child pornography, receiving child pornography and possession of child pornography.

Magistrate Judge John Nivison allowed Kinney to remain free on a $10,000 unsecured bond while the case against him remains pending.

Members of the State Police Computer Crimes Unit arrested Kinney at home, where he lives with his wife and two children. They searched Kinney’s electronic devices and found the photos of infants being molested, McCausland said in a news release last year.

If convicted, Kinney faces a minimum mandatory sentence of five years and up to 20 years in prison. He also faces fines of as much as $750,000.

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