A Winslow man pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in Bangor to possessing child pornography.

Darrin Cates, 46, faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for possession of child pornography. He will be sentenced following completion of a pre-sentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Between Sept. 15 and Oct. 30, 2014, Cates used a computer and peer-to-peer software to make child pornography videos available for sharing, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Cates was charged in January following a search warrant at his residence, where computer equipment was seized. Investigators found more than 800 images and 290 videos of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The investigation was conducted by the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.


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