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Maine lawmaker seeks more funding in porn cases

November 19, 2011

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PORTLAND, Maine—A Maine state senator is proposing legislation seeking funding to cut a backlog of child-pornography evidence that needs to be investigated.

Sen. Bill Diamond says his legislation would give the Maine State Police's Computer Crimes Unit more funding going forward.

The Portland Press Herald ( says hundreds of digital storage devices with thousands of images of child pornography now sit in a Maine State Police storage closet because there's not enough staffing to process the evidence.

Diamond says clearing cases with children being sexually abused on video should be a top priority. He says the Computer Crime Unit now has a two-year backlog.


Information from: Portland Press Herald,