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Maine woman sentenced for production of child pornography

BANGOR, Maine - A Mars Hill, Maine, woman was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Bangor to twenty years in prison and ten years of supervised release for child pornography production following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Julie Carr, 33, was sentenced in a case that was investigated jointly with Maine State Police. Carr had pleaded guilty on Feb. 24, 2010 to one count of production of child pornography.

Court records reveal that on June 10, 2009, law enforcement officers in the United Kingdom recovered video clips from a computer storage device in West Midlands, England, that showed a woman sexually abusing a small child. Their investigation led them to believe that the woman lived in Maine. They provided the results of their investigation to ICE HSI.

Working with the Maine State Police, investigators connected the video clips to Julie Carr, which prompted authorities to execute a search warrant at her residence with the assistance of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency on June 12, 2009.

The investigation ultimately showed that over the course of three days, the defendant had sent live-time web camera video of her performing a sex act on her minor child to a man in England. Investigators determined that the man had saved the images to a computer data storage device.

Monday's sentence was announced by the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maine Thomas E. Delahanty, II.