March 10, 2011

Cameron sentenced to 16 years in prison

By Betty Adams badams@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

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"The Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit undertook an investigation and ultimately identified the owner of the account to be Barbara Cameron, the defendant's wife. Further investigation confirmed that Mr. Cameron was an assistant attorney general for the state of Maine, and that some of the pornography involved children as young as 4 to 6 years old engaging in sexual conduct.

"On December 21, 2007, the state executed a search warrant and seized four computers. When the computers were examined, there was evidence of Internet chat between two users about sex with children, images of child pornography and related topics.

"In one of those conversations, the person identified himself as a married 45-year-old man with a daughter, a description that fits Mr. Cameron."

Since awaiting trial, Cameron had been involved in the sale of watches on the Internet. Occasionally, he is seen in a taped, televised segment of the CNBC series "American Greed" talking about a childhood friend, Barton Watson, whose CyberNet scam netted him $100 million.
Watson committed suicide Nov. 24, 2004.

Cameron is writing a book about Watson, according to information posted on a CNBC website.

The 13 charges of transportation and receipt of child pornography carried minimum penalties of five years in prison — with a maximum of 20 years — and a fine of up to $250,000 or both. The charges of possession of child pornography carry penalties of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 or both.

David Crook, a former district attorney in Kennebec County who is now a defense lawyer, described Cameron as "a man of integrity, a totally honest man, I knew his wife and his son. He had a good family."

"When Jim worked for me six or seven years, he was a very good assistant DA. When he went to the AG's office, he was a very good drug prosecutor. I never knew James Cameron to ever tell me a lie or tell a falsehoods in any way shape or manner."

Crook said he had no knowledge of what may have occurred on the Internet, and said he had not seen Cameron lately.

"Since he lost his job, he has avoided contact with all of his former professional relationships," Crook said.
 

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