WINTERPORT — A man facing charges of sexually abusing and exploiting children was arrested Nov. 16 after fleeing to Texas.

Steven Mathis, 32, of Winterport, is the subject of a child sexual abuse and exploitation investigation led by troopers from Troop D and detectives from the Computer Crimes Unit. 

According to a press release from Maine State Police spokesperson Shannon Moss, Mathis was interviewed and confessed to sexually abusing several children, along with uploading images of the abuse online and disseminating the images to various people. 

An electronic device was seized from Mathis’ residence and a search warrant was obtained that revealed evidence consistent with Mathis’ confession of sexual abuse and exploitation of children.

Mathis fled to Texas from Maine out of fear of the investigation, according to the press release. Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit obtained a nationwide extraditable arrest warrant for Mathis and with the assistance of the FBI, Texas Rangers and the Hill County Sheriff’s Office, officers located Mathis in Whitney, Texas.

State Police detectives traveled to Texas Nov. 22, took custody of Mathis and extradited him to Maine to face criminal charges in Waldo County Court. He is currently being held on $50,000 cash bail.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected. The Maine State Police are investigating the possibility of additional victims of sexual abuse and exploitation at Mathis’ hands. Any information regarding additional victims should be forwarded to the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit.

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