Burnham man pleads guilty to child pornography charge

Oct 10, 2017

David L. Cook, 60, of Burnham pleaded guilty Oct. 10 in U.S. District Court to using the internet to access and view child pornography. Cook was indicted in May 2017.

Court records reveal that in August 2016, the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit (MCCU) received a report from Microsoft that a user uploaded an image of child pornography. Federal and state officers obtained a physical address for that user, executed a warrant at the address and seized the defendant’s computer, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office. Forensic examination of the computer revealed 30 images of child pornography, police said, and that the defendant searched the internet for child pornography on dozens of occasions between March 2016 and August 2016.

Cook faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.

The investigation was conducted by the MCCU and by Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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