December 2, 2012

The fall of James Cameron

He was a respected Maine prosecutor before being convicted of having child pornography and fleeing.

By Eric Russell erussell@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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On the evening of Nov. 14, Cameron visited his Hallowell home and told his ex-wife and son he would be going back to prison.

Cameron's monitoring bracelet indicated that he returned to his camp in Rome at 8 p.m. A witness confirmed to police that Cameron was seen in Rome that night.

At 12:46 a.m. on Nov. 15, Cameron left his home without authorization. About an hour later, his probation officer got no response when he called Cameron's home and cell phones. The officer then unsuccessfully tried to call Cameron again between 7 and 8 a.m.

Police went to the home about 10:30 a.m. U.S. marshals were notified by noon.

Judge Woodcock issued a warrant for Cameron's arrest that day. The public was notified days later.

Police have since searched his ex-wife's home, but found no traces that Cameron was there.

Marshals don't consider Cameron a threat, at least not to others. He is savvy, though. He knows, in theory, how to stay head of investigators. Nearly 11 hours elapsed from the time he cut off his bracelet to the moment police showed up at his door. He relinquished his passport as part of his bail conditions, but in that amount of time, he could have gotten as far as Ohio or Virginia.

Cameron has family ties to Michigan, where authorities are keeping an eye out, according to U.S. marshals.

Marshals are following up on any leads and tips that come in, but have refused to say whether they have received any.

Bruce Merrill, an attorney who has represented Barbara Cameron in the past, said she has declined any interviews in order to protect her children.

"She's been trying to put this behind her ever since it happened," he said.

Staff Writer Eric Russell can be contacted at 791-6344 or at:

erussell@pressherald.com

Twitter: @PPHEricRussell

 

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