PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A former Maine prosecutor who disappeared just hours after an appeals court upheld his child pornography convictions was arrested Sunday after nearly three weeks on the run, officials said.
U.S. marshals arrested James Cameron at 11:15 a.m. while coming out of a convenience store bathroom in Albuquerque, N.M., said Noel March, the U.S. marshal for Maine.
The U.S. Marshals Service in Maine was working with marshals in New Mexico after uncovering information that he might be headed in that direction, March said.
‘‘He was still driving his 1999 tan Audi, but the plates had been changed,’’ March said.
Cameron disappeared in the late-night or early morning hours of Nov. 14 or 15 after cutting off his court-ordered electronic monitoring bracelet and driving off from the rented home he had been living in the central Maine town of Rome.
Cameron, 50, served as an assistant attorney general in Augusta until the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit began investigating him on child pornography allegations in 2008. He was convicted on the charges in 2010 and sentenced the following year to 16 years in prison.
He was sent to a federal prison in Colorado, but a federal appeals court in August 2011 ordered that Cameron be freed on unsecured bail pending his appeal.
The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Nov. 14 upheld convictions against Cameron on seven counts while vacating convictions on six counts of sending, receiving and possessing child pornography in 2006 and 2007.
The appeals court ordered the case sent back to U.S. District Court for resentencing.
Officials said that after the court issued its order, Cameron went to his ex-wife’s home to inform her and their son he was going back to prison. He later left his home without warning, evading capture for nearly three weeks.
‘‘His flight didn’t buy him much freedom,’’ March said.
March said the U.S. Attorney’s office in Maine will begin the proceedings of having Cameron returned to Maine and decide what additional charges Cameron will face.