A man from Norridgewock will spend a very long time in prison.
28 year old Patrik Arsenault has been sentenced to 65 years after pleading to child pornography and sexual exploitation of a minor.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says Arsenault was a special education teacher when he sexually abused three minors and recorded video of the incidents.
He then shared the video with others, as well as other images of child pornography.
He was arrested in August of 2013 when agents raided his home and seized his computer.
An examination of his hard drive turned up over 75-hundred images and 250 videos depicting child porn.
"Despicable crimes like this rob our children of their innocence. We entrust teachers to serve as role models for our children and safeguard their welfare. As this sentence makes clear, when that trust is violated, there will be severe consequences," said Bruce Foucart, special agent in charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Boston. "This case should also serve as a stern warning to those who mistakenly believe cyberspace affords them anonymity on the Internet to sexually exploit children with impunity."
U.S. Attorney Delahanty commended the work of HSI Special Agent Anthony Castellanos, the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit and the Bangor Police Department noting that “this case was quickly solved because these law enforcement agencies worked closely together. It was their hard work and diligence in identifying the defendant after his activity had been discovered that brought him to justice. These cases are very difficult because of the subject matter, but also because of the necessity to link the defendant to the disturbing images and on-line conduct. The agents continued persistence also limited the exposure of the minors to further exploitation.” U.S. Attorney Delahanty added: “People who engage in this conduct should expect to receive very lengthy sentences.”
The investigation was conducted jointly by HSI, the Maine State Police, the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit and the Bangor Police Department. This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.