July 3, 2013

Augusta child pornographer gets 40 years

'It is hard for me to find words to describe your conduct in this case because your conduct is simply unspeakable,' Judge John Woodcock Jr. tells Wade Hoover.

By BETTY ADAMS Kennebec Journal

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Wade Robert Hoover

Staff photo by Andy Molloy

"I'm pretty much damned in this world and the next. I want to say I'm sorry, but I don't think that word is going to show how really sorry I am. They have the right to hate me. I hate myself. I'm not going to ask for forgiveness. I don't deserve it."

— Wade Hoover, at his sentencing hearing in U.S. District Court in Bangor on Tuesday

"As bad as this offense is, it could have been a lot worse," Villa argued on Tuesday. "The images were not distributed; the genie remained in the bottle."

She cited some other federal sentences imposed for child pornography distribution — rather than production — in Maine, saying they were not above 30 years in prison.

"The guideline suggestion of life imprisonment is not proportional," Villa said.

One of Hoover's computer hard drives had images and moves of Hoover sexually abusing one boy at various times 2008-2011, and separately had 12 images and a video of Hoover abusing a second young boy on April 4, 2012, according to court documents.

Hoover pleaded guilty to the federal child pornography charges Feb. 5.

"He is a pedophile who has demonstrated his willingness to act on his desires," Lowell wrote. "He cannot be trusted with any child."

Other images found on Hoover's personal laptop, camera and hard drives had other images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. However, he did not create those, according to court documents.

A description of Hoover's background says he had a broken childhood, an abusive mother and previously drank heavily.

He was in the military 2004-2008, earned a college degree in 2012, and worked most recently as a mental health support coordinator for National Alliance on Mental Illness Maine in Augusta. He also was a martial arts instructor for 20 years.

Hoover faces separate charges of gross sexual assault against the two boys in state courts.

In Kennebec County Superior Court last week, Hoover asked to get 12 of those charges dismissed, saying he was being subjected to double jeopardy, and that state prosecutors were using his admissions in federal court to charge him twice for the same offenses.

A judge rejected that plea and entered pleas of not guilty on Hoover's behalf.

After Hoover's sentencing hearing Tuesday, Maloney said she will continue to pursue the state charges against Hoover because that is what the victims' parents want.

"I came to hear the victims," Maloney said. "I wanted to hear what they had to say."

Both she and later U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty — via email — praised investigators who worked on the case, including agents with the Department of Homeland Security and the Maine State Police.

In a letter sent from Somerset County jail to the media, Hoover said prosecutors and investigators were spreading misinformation about him and his crimes and that he wanted a fair sentence and an opportunity to be with his family again.

Hoover said false information has been published about his actions, and that he downloaded pornography "to supplement a porn addiction," and that he "viewed mostly online, adult, fetish porn to get my fix."

Hoover was owner and chief instructor at Koshowarrior's Martial Arts and the United Martial Arts academies in Lewiston, where he taught children as young as age 3, according to Maine State Police. In the letter, he said he has never been accused of inappropriate behavior in his 20 years as a martial arts instructor.

He said he deserves punishment. "I stepped over the line and committed a bad act," and that he hopes to be able to hug his young children again.

Betty Adams -- 621-5631
badams@mainetoday.com

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