November 21, 2012

Nationwide manhunt for ex-Maine prosecutor continues

Authorities defend their response after the initial alert that James Cameron had left his home in Rome.

By Betty Adams badams@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

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U.S. Marshals Service investigators search the residence of Barbara Cameron, the ex-wife of fugitive James Cameron, Tuesday afternoon in Hallowell. Authorities on Tuesday continued to hunt for Cameron, Maine’s former top drug prosecutor, who cut off his electronic monitoring bracelet and fled on Thuesday, after learning his appeal of child pornography convictions had partially failed.

Andy Malloy / Staff Photographer

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Moody said GPS monitoring cannot always be used in heavily wooded and remote areas. Cameron's home in Rome is on a dirt road in woods.

Cameron came under investigation after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reported that Yahoo! had found multiple images of child pornography in an account belonging to Cameron's wife.

He was indicted on child pornography charges in February 2009 and convicted on 13 counts in August 2010.

When he was sentenced in March 2011, Cameron had already spent six months in federal prison, and the time hadn't kind to him.

He was pale and thinner than before he had gone to jail, his graying hair longer and shaggier than during his 18 years as a prosecutor for the state. He had to hold up the rear of his pants when he stood.

He had appealed to the court several times for release, claiming "his long-term employment as a state prosecutor ... makes him extremely vulnerable in prison."

A federal appeals court granted that request in August 2011, ordering him freed while his convictions were under appeal and telling the trial judge, U.S. District Court Judge John A. Woodcock Jr., to set bail conditions. The conditions included electronic monitoring, a curfew and monitoring of Cameron's laptop.

Until Nov. 14, officers with U.S. Probation & Pretrial Services said Cameron had complied with the conditions.

Last week's appeals court ruling changed nothing about Cameron's bail conditions, Clark said. Only a judge could change those conditions, and it's not unusual for defendants – particularly in child pornography cases – to get bail pending appeal.

Clark said Cameron has not received special treatment because he was an attorney.

Clark said the court case continues, and the prosecutor's office has received an extension until Dec. 28 to file a petition seeking a review by the full 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

"Right now the only problem is he is accused of violating bail," Clark said. "The first order of business is to locate Mr. Cameron."

Kennebec Journal Staff Writer Betty Adams can be contacted at 621-5631 or at:

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A U.S. Marshal Service investigator searches the garage at the residence of Barbara Cameron, the ex-wife of fugitive James Cameron, Tuesday in Hallowell. Authorities are continuing to hunt for Maine’s former top drug prosecutor.

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