June 25, 2013

Maine child pornographer balks at new charges

Wade Robert Hoover argues he faces double jeopardy on 12 charges in a letter to the media.

By BETTY ADAMS Kennebec Journal

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Wade Hoover is escorted from Kennebec County Superior Court in Augusta on Tuesday morning after refusing to enter a plea.

Andy Molloy / Kennebec Journal

That might not be possible any time soon, however.

According to documents in his federal case, prosecutors are asking for him to serve a sentence that comes close to the 40-year maximum penalty for those crimes. The public defender representing him argued in writing that Hoover should receive a sentence nearer the 20-year minimum.

Hoover was returned to the courtroom about 20 minutes after he was ordered out, and shortly afterward acknowledged that he understood his rights and answered, “Yes, sir,” as the judge read aloud the dates of 12 charges alleged.

Baghdoyan said Hoover did not wish to acknowledge the charges, but realized the judge would enter a plea of not guilty to all charges on Hoover's behalf.

Baghdoyan also said conditions as written do not prevent Hoover from visits with his children at jail.

Hoover was arrested Oct. 3 by state and federal agents at the Bangor Street office of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Maine, where he worked. At that time, he was charged with possession of sexually explicit materials of minors under age 12, a felony offense carrying a five-year maximum sentence.

That charge was later dropped in favor of the federal charges which carry longer sentences.

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



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