|U.S. Department of Justice
|James Cameron, formerly top drug prosecutor for the state of Maine, is now a fugitive, having been convicted of child pornography charges
Maine’s former top drug prosecutor, James Cameron — who has been convicted on child pornography charges — on Wednesday cut off his electronic monitoring bracelet and disappeared, and is being hunted by the U.S. Marshals Service.
Hours after he learned that his appeal of his child porn convictions had failed and he would likely go back to prison, Cameron, 50, went on the lam and was being sought by law enforcement nationwide, report Craig Cosby and Michael Shepherd of the Kennebec Journal.
The electronic monitoring bracelet was a required condition of his release pending his appeal of a conviction in August 2010 on 13 federal charges of transportation, receiving and possessing child pornography.
Cameron fled early Thursday morning, just hours after the U.S. 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston upheld seven of his 13 convictions and gave the government the ability to retry Cameron on the other six charges.
The former drug prosecutor has 15 years remaining on his 16-year prison sentence.
Cameron was seen in Hallowell, Maine — where he lived before moving to Rome — driving a tan 1999 Audi A6, license plate 2333PL, according to U.S. Marshals. That car, which he owns, is missing.