Karate Instructor Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography

BANGOR - An Augusta karate instructor plead guilty to child pornography charges yesterday in a Bangor federal court room.
35-year-old Wade Robert Hoover pleaded guilty to producing and possessing child pornography.  Hoover admitted to recording a sexual assault on one of his karate students.
He will face up to a combined 40 years in prison on both charges.  Hoover took pictures of himself sexually abusing a drugged 11-year-old boy who was one of his students...then distributed them on the internet using a computer at his workplace.
He also downloaded pornography using the computer network at the National Alliance on Mental Illness Maine, where he worked as a veteran's support coordinator.  Hoover faces a fine of up to $500,000.
Erin Thomas


Erin joined the ABC-7 and FOX Bangor news team in February 2012. She was born and raised in Presque Isle, Maine where she attended Presque Isle High School.  While in college Erin interned in the WVII news room before working as a Production Assistant.  In May of 2012, Erin received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Maine, along with a minor in Anthropology.  When she's not out covering local news, Erin enjoys running, skiing, visiting with family and friends, and traveling around this beautiful state.  She is especially interested in outdoor adventure so if you have a story idea, send it her way!

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